Carmel’s ban on Airbnb and similar short-term home rentals will stand for a while longer.
The Indiana General Assembly didn’t muster enough votes to pass legislation that would have prevented local governments from curtailing Airbnb and similar short-term rental services.
Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard had been trying to kill the legislation. City officials informed homeowners in January that city zoning prevented them from listing their homes on online rental sites. Carmel appears to be the only community in Indiana that has restricted such rentals, though Fishers has formed a committee to study the issue.
Brainard worried that short-term rentals could lower nearby property values and create an uneven playing field with hotels and bed-and-breakfast businesses that face more stringent zoning codes than houses.
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Brainard may be softening his stance though. He said city leaders are writing an ordinance that would regulate, but not ban, short-term rentals. He thinks it’s more appropriate for cities to make choices about short-term rentals than for lawmakers to create a uniform system."This decision preserves the ability of local communities to allow public input into whether the house next door is allowed to become a business," Brainard said. "Most people’s largest investment is their home, […]