Proposed Kansas City Airbnb regulation ordinance met with befuddlement

Kansas City’s first attempt to regulate short-term, sharing economy rentals encountered confusion and lots of questions Tuesday at a meeting of the City Plan Commission.

The seven commissioners agreed they needed a lot more information about the topic before they presume to pass judgment on a proposed ordinance.

The ordinance, introduced in May, would limit to 30 days the length of time a homeowner could rent to a party. It also would limit such rentals to one rental party at a time, and cap the number of rental guests in that single party at eight. The proposal also makes distinctions between different areas of the city as well as between carriage house rentals, which would be authorized, and living units above detached garages in other locations, which wouldn’t be allowed.

Several people who operate as Airbnb hosts in their own homes questioned those restrictions.

After three hours of public testimony, the commissioners — all citizen volunteers who serve a key approval role on economic development issues — decided they needed a work session with City Hall staff to learn more.

Read more: Kansas City Star


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