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Oklahoma City clarifies proposed home-sharing ordinances


Oklahoma City — Technically, many of the homes available through online platforms like Airbnb could be breaking the law, and city attorneys said two proposed ordinances would make it easier to rent out a house legally. Current city ordinances require ...


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Oklahoma City — Technically, many of the homes available through online platforms like Airbnb could be breaking the law, and city attorneys said two proposed ordinances would make it easier to rent out a house legally. Current city ordinances require people who are renting out two or more bedrooms through home sharing websites to get a hotel license, assistant municipal counsel Laura McDevitt saidThat type of license is available only for properties zoned for commercial use, she said. It isn't clear how many of the more than 300 properties within city limits that are available through home-sharing websites have completed that process, and so far the city hasn't enforced the ordinance. Airbnb estimated hosts in Oklahoma City earned about $2.4 million from more than 23,000 rentersHosts earned an average of $4,700 annually. McDevitt and Susan Randall, also an assistant municipal counsel, responded to widespread confusion about how two proposed ordinances would affect home-sharingOne of the ordinances would make home-sharing a “conditional use” for residential properties, meaning homeowners wouldn't have to get their property rezoned to rent it to short-term clients, Randall said. Homeowners still would need to purchase a home-sharing license for $24 each year and to sign an affidavit stating they comply with residential health and safety codes, McDevitt saidRentals also would be limited to 30 days with any particular customer, Randall saidHomeowners already are required to collect sales tax and the 5.5 percent hotel tax. The planning commission would have to recommend the ordinance making home-sharing a conditional use before it could go to the city council, Randall saidThe ordinance creating a home-sharing license separate from the hotel license can bypass planning and go to the city council, McDevitt said. City spokeswoman Kristy Yager said the goal is to remove barriers to legal rentals through home-sharing websites. “We're trying to make it easier to be in the home-sharing business,” she said. Related to this story Show more 0 $(document).ready(function() { var isBlog = false; try { $.get('//newsok.com/json?method=Search.articles&tags=' + articleSection, function(response) { var data = $.parseJSON(response); //console.dir(data); // now let's make sure current article is not on the list filtered = $.grep(data, function(e) { return e.module_id != '5585029' }); // build the list var totalItems = filtered.length; $.each(filtered, function(index, val){ // console.log(val); var status = index > 2 ? 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