After much discussion and a series of meetings, a proposed change in the ordinances governing home sharing was postponed. As home sharing becomes more popular, Oklahoma City has tried to determine a method to keep track of companies like Airbnb. The City has wanted regulation and registry for more than a year and is proposing a $1200 permit fee for operators. However, supporters of home sharing have proposed for the cost to be around $300 if a registry is to be created.
Supporters have also argued that homeowners should have the right to decide how to use their own homes. They have also testified at the Council meeting citing Oklahoma City crime reports, which show no complaints about Airbnbs. Meanwhile, those opposed to the expansion of shared homes have voiced concerns about the impact to neighborhoods.
Heritage Hills and Edgemere Park neighborhoods had representatives at the meeting. Both historical preservation neighborhoods believe there should be some regulation. Both neighborhoods agree that the City’s proposed $1,200 permit fee to be a host should be reduced to $300.
“We view Airbnb as a change in use. Anytime you have a change in use, neighbors are entitled to notice,” says Attorney David Box, who represents Heritage Hills neighbors.
OKCMAR has not taken a position but is providing information to the City concerning Airbnb ordinances across the country. Discussions about OKCMAR’s involvement in the debate will be discussed at the next Government Affairs meeting.