Aldermen Delay Action on Airbnb Ordinance

Two Kenosha City Council committees on Monday deferred a vote on a controversial proposal to license — and possibly fine — city residents participating in online home-sharing services such as Airbnb. Sponsor Ald. Jan Michalski, in response to a handful of complaints he said he received from residents of his lakeside district, wants the city to regulate such services. According to the ordinance written with Deputy City Attorney Matthew Knight, Airbnb vendors must have a license for every residence to be rented out. They must also be available around the clock and respond to complaints or face a fine of $500.

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