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Airbnb bill advances in House committee

By Kirsten Nielsen TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – One lawmaker is making a second attempt to stop local municipalities from banning short-term Airbnb-style rentals. The House Government and Regulatory Reform committee unanimously passed House Bill 1035 Tuesday by a 12-0 vote. Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne, said he authored the bill with the hope of keeping money in […]

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Airbnb proposal on hold

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Proposed legislation to control how local communities can regulate Airbnbs was put on hold Wednesday by the Interim Study Committee on Commerce and Economic Development. “The primary objective of this is a person’s homestead deserves protection and that person’s property rights deserve protection,” said Sen. Mark Messmer, R-Jasper. It […]

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Hosts, neighbors share tales about the impact of Airbnbs

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — After raising four kids in Oregon, Jenine Saxton and her husband moved to Richmond and were lonely without having friends in the area. “I began to dread being alone in an empty house,” Saxton said. “But as Indiana is the crossroads of America, we hoped if we opened an […]

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Rental home market attractive to scammers ahead of the Indy 500

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – With the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 this Sunday, many Hoosiers are preparing their homes for visitors and listing rooms for rent on sites such as Airbnb and Craigslist. But with the money-making opportunity comes a greater risk of becoming the victim of potential scams. Indiana Attorney General […]

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Airbnb-style rentals bill could face more changes

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A short-term rentals bill faces potential changes after members of both the House and Senate tried to come to a compromise on the legislation Wednesday. House Bill 1133, which has passed both chambers of the Indiana General Assembly, would keep municipalities from banning or over-regulating Airbnb-style rentals in their […]

Commentary: Principles matter, until we’re affected

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Commentary: Principles matter, until we’re affected

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com  I am a homeowner in Indianapolis and I followed the debate over whether my local government or the state should have the final say on Airbnb-style rentals in my neighborhood with interest.  On one hand, I have a great set-up in my basement — quiet room, sleeper sofa, cable and internet […]

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Airbnb-styled rentals bill moves to the Senate

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would limit how much control local municipalities would have in restricting Airbnb-style rentals passed through the House Tuesday in a 53-40 vote. The bill now moves to the Senate. The proposed legislation has raised questions as to who should exercise control over new rental platforms – […]

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Airbnb-style rental bill resurrected in Indiana House

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Over the past 17 years, Shannon Minnaar has grown comfortable in her Carmel neighborhood, surrounded by a community of families. But when she bought her home, Minnaar did not expect the revolving door of newcomers that would move in every weekend, just steps away from her front lawn.    A […]