House approves Airbnb bill

By Emily Ketterer
TheStatehouseFile.com

INDIANAPOLIS — The bill to stop local municipalities from banning Airbnb-style rentals passed the House of Representatives in a 74-19 vote Monday.

House Bill 1035 would prevent locals from regulating short-term rentals. Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne, emphasized that homeowners should be able to do what they wish with their property.

Lehman stated that locals can still regulate for circumstances involving public safety. Locals can also require hosts to obtain a permit annually costing no more than $150.

“Most hosts said that is a fair price to pay for a permit.” Lehman said.

Concern with the permit arose among some lawmakers. Rep. Ryan Dvorak, D-South Bend, said the fee seemed like extra regulation for some who may want to rent out their house for a weekend.

“I think requiring a permit scheme for anyone who wants to rent out their house for a weekend for a $150 fee­—that seems like introducing a lot of new regulation when we’re trying to do things like cut regulation,” Dvorak said.

HB 1035 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Emily Ketterer is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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