July 23, 2017

Concerned tech leaders pen amicable yet stern letter on KCMO’s proposed Airbnb, Homeaway rules

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An advocacy group representing the area tech industry has offered a series of concerns on how the City of Kansas City, Mo., could regulate home-sharing services like Airbnb or Homeaway.

In a letter to the Kansas City Council regarding proposed regulations on homesharing, the KC Tech Council said the area now has an opportunity to modernize its rules for home-sharing. Representing such companies as Sprint, Cerner and VML, the council said regulatory efforts should ensure citizens are able to practically use new technology while also tapping the economic benefits that innovative services like Airbnb and Homeaway provide. For more than a year, Kansas City officials have sought public input on how to regulate home-sharing services. In February, the city released a series of proposed regulations that, among several rules, would require that home-sharing hosts in Kansas City, Mo. register and pay annual registration fees for short-term renting of their property, which is currently illegal.The tech council complimented city officials on their proactive and broad approach to culling input on home-sharing regulations, but also shared trepidations of how it could affect the area economy.

Chief among those concerns, according to the letter, were the regulations’ effects on companies’ ability to attract talented […]

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