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Indiana panel backs banning local curbs on Airbnb rentals

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indiana Legislature could again consider prohibiting cities and towns from putting restrictions on short-term rental services like Airbnb.

A legislative study panel has recommended that lawmakers block local governments from adopting what it calls “any undue restrictions” on using someone’s primary residence as a short-term rental.

A bill for such a ban narrowly failed during this year’s legislative session and the issue could be debated when state lawmakers start a new session in January.

The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports Republican Sen. Mark Messmer of Jasper says his intention is to let municipalities keep existing ordinances reasonably limiting short-term rentals, particularly in Lake Michigan beach towns.

Sen. Tim Lanane of Anderson argues local governments should be allowed to prevent largely unregulated hotels from existing in residential neighborhoods.



Posted 11/6/2017




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