Carmel thumbs nose at Indiana’s new short-term rentals law

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Officials in a wealthy Indiana city are thumbing their noses at a new Indiana law that curtails local governments’ authority to regulate short-term rentals.

That raises the possibility of a court fight over the law, which sets rules governing the rental of properties on platforms like Airbnb.

GOP Rep. Matt Lehman of Berne sponsored the law. He wanted to protect property rights after several Indiana cities moved to regulate such rentals.

But Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard argues his city is exempt. That’s even though the city’s short term rental regulations were put in place after a deadline set by the law to be grandfathered in.

The Republican argues Carmel updated an existing ordinance. He argues they are exempted because it wasn’t a new ordinance.

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