City of Branson Cracks Down on Nightly Rentals in Residential Areas

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BRANSON, Mo. – The City of Branson is cracking down on people who run nightly rentals in residential areas.

The city says it was getting complaints about people renting out rooms in locations designated as “low density residential districts.”

The board of alderman had two readings of a bill to establish clear guidelines.

A nightly rental is any establishment offering fewer than five rooms.

A lodging establishment is anything with more than five rooms to rent.

“The reaction has been great because people want these definitions,” said Melody Petit, of City of Branson. “They want us to be able to go in and say no, you can’t operate a nightly rental or air b n b in this area because they’re very protective of their residential areas.”

If the city gets a complaint that a home in a low density area is operating as an Airbnb it will make a courtesy call to the owner. After that, if they continue to rent rooms, they’ll receive a citation.

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