KC eyes home-sharing regulations; Airbnb pushes back

People renting out their property in Kansas City through online services like Airbnb and Homeaway are likely to face a new batch of regulations soon.

Based on more than a year of public input, the city has drafted a proposal on how to regulate the home-sharing services, which currently are technically illegal in the city.

The proposal breaks the rental properties into two classes:

Type 1 properties — spaces that the owner occupies in addition to tenants — must first apply to the city to rent the property and pay $100 for a year-long permission. Each following year will run owners $50.

For Type 2 properties — non-owner occupied residences — it’s more complicated. If made law, the city will require Type 2 property owners to apply for a permit, pay a fee of $259 and then get consent signatures from the property’s neighbors. If hosts are unable to receive supporting signatures from 75 percent of the adjacent property owners, the host must go through the Special Use Permit process and have a hearing, for a fee of $596. The permit will be renewable every year for $50.

Airbnb derided the proposal in a statement. “While we’re appreciative to the city for the inclusive and transparent process they’ve led to this point, this ordinance as currently written would create one of the most restrictive and burdensome short-term rental regulatory structures in the country,” the company said.

Read more: Startland News, Kansas City Star

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