House Passes Bill To Bar Locals From Banning Short-Term Rentals

Jan 22, 2018

 

The Indiana House easily approved legislation Monday to ensure local governments can’t ban short-term rentals through platforms such as Airbnb.

The overwhelmingly approval comes just one year after similar legislation couldn’t muster enough votes in that chamber.

Rep. Matt Lehman (R-Berne), the bill’s author in both 2017 and this year, says he believes he’s found a good compromise.

“This is not overreaching to locals,” Lehman says. “Like I said, there was no opposition in committee this year.”

This year’s bill would allow local governments to require permits for short-term rentals and charge a yearly fee of up to $150. It would also let them revoke those permits if rentals earn three or more ordinance citations.

Rep. Ryan Dvorak (D-South Bend) represents the area around the University of Notre Dame, where many people make use of short-term rentals during football season. He doesn’t like the permit system.

“That seems like introducing a lot of more new regulation and red tape when we’re trying to do things like cut regulation and red tape,” Dvorak says.

The House passed the bill 74 to 19 and sent it to the Senate.