July 21, 2017

Senate passes bill to protect Airbnb rentals



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The Indiana Senate voted 27-20 on Thursday to approve a bill that would prevent local governments from banning Airbnb and similar short-term rental services .

The legislation has been an issue in Carmel , which 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 Central Indiana that has restricted such rentals, though Fishers has formed a committee to study the issue.

Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne, filed House Bill 1133, which also would limit owners from renting their rooms for 30 consecutive days or more than 180 days per year. An influential member of the Republican caucus, he ushered through similar legislation in 2015 for ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft.

The House voted 53-40 in February to approve the legislation. Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, who sponsored the bill in the Senate, said the bill would go to a House-Senate conference committee to hammer out a final version.

The Senate made one major change to the legislation. The House had voted to require homeowners to retain insurance coverage of $1 million per incident for third-party claims. The Senate softened that language to remove the amount per incident.

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