Kansas City proposes an ordinance to require permit fees from Airbnb hosts

Kansas City is considering a proposed “short-term stay” ordinance that would require Airbnb hosts to register with the city and pay annual registration fees.

A draft, which could go to the City Plan Commission March 7, responds to growth in “sharing-economy” rentals by homeowners or apartment renters.

Currently, it’s actually illegal to rent homes for short-term stays in the city. Updating laws to reflect current reality is one reason to consider the ordinance, said Kate Garman, the city’s innovation analyst.

Another reason is that some neighbors have asked City Hall to address their concerns about transient visitors in nearby houses or apartment buildings that have high Airbnb or HomeAway use.

The draft ordinance will be discussed Wednesday afternoon at a 4 p.m. community meeting at the Greg Klice Community Center.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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