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Metro Council passes ordinance aimed at regulating 'short term rentals' like AirBnB

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Louisville will soon regulate short-term rentals in the city after Metro Council approved a new ordinance Thursday night.

The popularity of hosting platforms like AirBnB, HomeAway and Vacation Rentals By Owner led Metro Council to take regulatory action on homeowners renting out anything from extra rooms to whole homes.

A measure passed the council Thursday night by a vote of 20-6 in favor of charging an annual registration fee those wishing to rent properties.

The ordinance includes regulations council members say will make renting safer and provide fairness to established renting business in the city.

“As Chair of the Public Safety Committee I am proud we took our time and due diligence to ensure transparency and consideration of both the public’s and businesses’ views on this issue.” said Councilman David Yates (D-25). “We have a good piece of legislation that seeks to balance both interests while promoting safety and ensuring accountability.”

The ordinance will permit Short Term Rental operations and will be controlled by the Planning Commission

“The ordinance allows this growing industry to operate in Louisville, levels the playing field with hotels and motels on transient occupancy taxes and protects neighborhoods by limiting the number of occupants and other provisions,” said Hollander,

Here are highlights of the ordinance:

  • $25 Annual Registration Fee.
  • Online Registration will be made available by June 1, 2016.
  • Enforcement of Ordinance will occur 90 days following June 1, 2016.
  • Registered host or host’s “manager” must be located within 25 miles of the Short Term Rental.
  • Clearly marked evacuation plan on all premises.  
  • No more than one contract on a short-term rental at the same time.
  • No more transient users than 2x the amount of bedrooms plus 4 can reside in the short-term rental at one time.
  • Penalties include:
    • 1st Offense = Warning
    • 2nd Offense = $100-$500
    • 3rd Offense = $500-$1,000
    • Further action can be taken for subsequent offenses including a civil complaint or injunctive relief in Jefferson County, Kentucky Circuit Court.

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