Lexington’s city council is expected to review short- term house rental programs in the coming months. The issue has been placed in the council’s Planning and Public Safety Committee.
Fifth District Councilman Bill Farmer believes issues related to programs like Airbnb, Vacation Rental By Owner and HomeAway need more scrutiny.
The veteran council member said he’s getting comments from citizens about increased activity in residential neighborhoods.
“That probably sounds pretty good. Sounds interesting until the house is next door to you in your neighborhood and there’s no neighbors anymore, there’s just three sets of people who come and go this week and three different sets of people next week or whatever. You kind of begin to break down some of the bonds of the neighborhood fabric,” explained Farmer.
Council Member Amanda Mays Bledsoe told her colleagues she raised the issue more than a year ago and found it was a matter covered by state law. Farmer suggested last week that it’s time to revisit the issue.
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