July 21, 2017

Lake Bluff Studies Airbnb Legislation

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LAKE BLUFF — With some Lake Bluff residents renting out rooms in their homes on a short-term basis and putting them on Airbnb as rentals, Lake Bluff is taking a closer look at possibly regulating the practice.

The Village Board of Trustees directed Village Administrator Drew Irvin to study potential action Lake Bluff can take to control the practice during a Committee of the Whole meeting April 10 at Village Hall.

“All we’ve done is have a preliminary discussion,” said Village President Kathy O’Hara in a DailyNorthShore.com interview. “We are going to take a look at what other towns are doing. We won’t do anything until we have a chance to get everyone’s input.”

The board will review the findings of the study when the Committee of the Whole meets again at 6 p.m. May 8 at Village Hall, according to Irvin. There will be no vote at that meeting though the board could give Irvin further direction.

“We’re going to look at what other towns in the area are doing as well as other parts of the country,” said Irvin. “In Chicago neighbors have a voice and we’re going to take a look at that.”

There are currently four short-term rentals in Lake […]

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