Chicago Realtors push for delay in Airbnb ordinance

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Brian Bernardoni, senior director of government affairs for the Chicago Association of Realtors (CAR), testified before a City Council Committee, urging members to take their time before passing an ordinance regulating Airbnb and other shared housing services.

He suggested a delay so a task force could be formed uniting all parties – real estate ownership and management, the lodging community, the short term residential rental intermediaries, their technology teams and others – to address concerns, review solutions and bring forward a more “holistic” ordinance.

Bernardoni also restated CAR’s position that short term rental technology should be required to provide an affidavit from the condominium board or landlord stating that the owner or tenant has the right to serve as a host.

He said an affidavit would protect condominium owners who may be fined or, in the case of residential tenants, evicted for violations of either the condominium rules or sub-let clauses within leases. It would also compel landlords and condo boards, many of whom already have these policies, to affirm these with their tenants or units owners.

The current proposed ordinance requires all Airbnb hosts to obtain a license or form of registration with the city. However, it is not likely to come up for a vote for weeks. Bernardoni says Council members should use the time to get input and improve the legislation.

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