The Gary, Ind., Common Council has voted to adopt an ordinance establishing a regulatory framework for short-term rentals. The ordinance requires that a short term rental property that is not its owners’ primary residents receive a special use or zoning variance in order to operate. It also specifies that short-term rental properties are subject to the same regulations governing other types of rental properties, including fire safety, sanitation, and nuisance issues. Indiana municipalities are limited in the kind of regulations that they can place on short-term rentals. Indiana House Bill 1035, which went into effect on July 1, 2018, blocked local governments from prohibiting or restricting short-term rentals outside of designated conservancy districts. It further specifies that owner-occupied short-term rental properties can operate in residential areas without the need for permits. The law made an exception for local ordinances adopted prior to its implementation. At the time, Gary had none.
Chicago Tribune (02/24/23) Alex Dalton
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