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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Ind. Gov't. - State preemption of local bans on short term rentals passes house

Updating earlier ILB posts, Chris Sirich reported late yesterday for the Indianapolis Star:

On its second try, the Indiana House passed legislation to prevent local governments from banning Airbnb and similar short-term rental services.

The House voted 53-40 Tuesday to approve House Bill 1133. Lawmakers first tried to pass the bill Feb. 6 but could not reach a constitutional majority of 51 votes to approve the legislation. * * *

Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne, filed the bill to prevent local communities from banning residents from renting rooms in their homes. The legislation also would prevent governments from enacting overly strict regulations, such as adding costly fire prevention codes or noise or parking restrictions, that go beyond what other homeowners face.

The legislation would come with some caveats. Owners cannot rent their rooms for 30 consecutive days or for more than 180 days a year. Owners also must purchase liability insurance to cover up to $1 million per incident for third-party claims of death, bodily injury or property damage. * * *

Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard said he has received complaints from residents, homeowners associations and area hotels about problems caused by short-term rentals. Residents, he said, are worried their property values and quality of life will be damaged by problems such as noise, speeding and increased traffic caused by a high turnover of people who don't care about the community. Hotels, he said, face stricter zoning regulations than homeowners and are worried they are losing business in an unlevel playing field.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 15, 2017 10:25 AM
Posted to Indiana Government