KC divided over proposal that could ban short-term rentals in parts of city

Airbnb and HomeAway hosts, local tech leaders and other advocates for home-sharing services in Kansas City are fighting against a proposed ordinance expected to go before the full Kansas City Council on Thursday.

The proposed ordinance — at least the eighth version since June — is the latest attempt by the city to regulate home-sharing services and legalize nearly 800 properties now listed on Airbnb and HomeAway.

The proposal would add a new fee and permitting structure for hosts, and it would ban new applicants for short-term rentals in specific residential districts in southern and northern Kansas City.

The districts are major portions of Kansas City — and they represent two of the city’s four single-family zoning districts.

“This will be a PR nightmare for Kansas City,” said Ryan Weber, president of the KC Tech Council, whose organization represents the area tech industry. “Once again, council chose to regulate the sharing economy rather than embracing technology that’s finding its way into the city.”

In 2017, more than 75,240 people booked Airbnb rentals in Kansas City, according to the San Francisco-based company, bringing in about $7.7 million for those hosts.

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