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City Council pushes for $100 permit for short-term rentals like Airbnb

People looking to set up an Airbnb in Lafayette could have to pay $100 for a permit. The Lafayette City Council is now one step closer to pushing it forward.

Posted: Jan. 8, 2018 11:48 PM
Updated: Jan. 9, 2018 9:50 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — People looking to set up an Airbnb in Lafayette could have to pay $100 for a permit. The Lafayette City Council is now one step closer to pushing it forward.

Back in August, a countywide ordinance was passed to require the owner of a rental, including Airbnbs, to get a permit. Now, there's another ordinance before the Lafayette City Council that would set the permit fee at $100.

Monday night, the Lafayette City Council took its first vote of two on the ordinance.

Attorney Jacqueline Chosnek said if the ordinance passes, the $100 would cover administrative time and effort to review the applications.

"The modifications were made back in August requires that the houses have to be in certain zoning areas and things like that," said Chosnek. "So, this basically just allows the engineering office to collect the information they need to verify that the operation is compliance with the ordinance."

However, there is good news for people who were hosting short-term rental guests before August. Anyone who was already operating an Airbnb at the time the ordinance was adopted is grandfathered in, meaning they're not required to pay the $100.

The council is expected to take its second vote on the ordinance in February.

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