City of Carmel sends cease and desist letter to Airbnb hosts

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  • Kathleen Elizabeth Williams

    Question: How is this AirBNB or short-term rental scenario different and now illegal compared to existing rules and regulations of leasing/renting out your house? I know houses can are rented out through third-party companies or by owners acting as landlords. What is the explanation on the city code difference that restricts a short term rental on AirBNB versus a home owner renting out their house for a year? 6 months? month-to-month lease? An explanation would be appreciated either in the comments or future articles. Thanks

  • RKW50

    Yet, they (the mayor and council) have no hesitancy in approving multi family housing and hotels next too, or within S1 zoning areas, completely ignoring master plans by giving variances and changing zoning for developers. How about all those PUD’s? The developers’ friend. They rarely ask for zoning changes any more, they request PUD’s so they can basically put in whatever they want.

  • Eric Morris

    Just remember to yell “Land of the Free” at the next sporting event at a government-crony stadium.

  • Christopher Martz

    I understand one thing about Carmel’s Airbnb decision: It’s not right that a house was purchased for the sole use of Airbnb and other online bookings. That is a business. If that is truly the case as in one report, I support the decision for the city to go after a zoning change for that property.

    My other thought: You do not operate as a business if you are a landlord for either short-term or long-term leases (at least you don’t have to rezone your property as a business). You can have a roommate who pays you rent.

    I had about 15 people who had booking for Airbnb in 2016 (some multiple times). What the City of Carmel does not understand is that most people who use Airbnb do not want the hotel experience.

    1. An executive who has offices in Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, and Louisville who visited about every third week and was tired of staying in hotels.
    2. A mother with her son traveling to the area for a sports competition and all hotels in the area were booked because of GenCon.
    3. A young man visiting his fiancé and her parents who lived in Carmel on a tight budget while planning their wedding.
    4. A former Carmel resident now residing in California coming to Indianapolis to check on own rental properties (probably not zoned for business).
    5. Grandparents surprising their grandkids who wanted a “home” atmosphere to have the kids and grandkids visit.
    6. Two ladies visiting from Puerto Rico who wanted to live like locals (and they spent so much money in the city while visiting).

  • Christopher Martz

    One last thing…I have to pay taxes on the rental income from Airbnb. That income is reported.

  • vikramjatt11

    Hopefully these individuals do NOT take down their rentals just yet. Especially with the state having a meeting on Tuesday to pass a law where cities can’t do exactly what Carmel is trying to do here. Only thing the mayor and his office care about is lining their own pockets with as much money as possible, even if it means paying someone to conduct a survey and say “yeah, carmel office is underpaid 80%”.