House: Homeowners should be able to use Airbnb

House: Homeowners should be able to use Airbnb
Posted at 7:09 AM, Jan 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-23 09:00:24-05

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indiana House has approved a bill that would limit regulation of short term rentals.

The measure by Republican Rep. Matt Lehman, of Berne, is significantly scaled back from his bill last year. That measure would have drastically curtailed local governments' authority in the matter.

Lehman's current bill would guarantee homeowners the ability to rent out their primary residence on websites like Airbnb.

But it allows for more restrictive regulation on secondary properties. Local governments could create a number of restrictions like setting zoning restrictions, or requiring a permit to rent.

Governments that approved stronger limitations before the start of this year would also be grandfathered in.

Lehman's bill was approved Monday on a 74-19 vote. Click here to read the full bill. 

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