City taking applications for short term rental properties; property owners already renting must apply and register by Aug. 8
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 8, 2018
The City of Kansas City, Missouri, is accepting applications from homeowners who have been or are preparing to use their property as a short term rental.
This formal procedure comes after three years of debating the issue at public hearings and multiple City Council sessions. The council in February approved an ordinance allowing AirBnb and other similar platforms in certain situations, providing operational standards and a process for approval and registration. The ordinance is meant to create the right for property owners to rent their homes without compromising the rights of neighbors to preserve and protect the character of their neighborhoods.
“In order to achieve the goal of balancing these interests, the ordinance created two types of rentals with different requirements and approval processes,” said Joe Rexwinkle, a City Planning and Development Department Division manager. “It can be difficult to read the ordinance and understand what type of short term rental you operate. We recognize this and, as a result, have created a dedicated webpage which all interested parties should consult prior to calling or visiting City Hall.”
The webpage features resources such as an interactive questionnaire to help determine the type of approval property owners need, time frames for approval and application forms and other documentation.
Property owners with existing short term rentals need to register and obtain approval before Aug. 8, 2018. After this date, unregistered short term rentals will be in violation of the ordinance.
Media inquiries should be directed to Petrina Parker at (816) 513-8829.