On our village meeting agenda is a call for discussion re: a short-term rental ordinance. The three “true” bnb’s in the area are calling for some regulation (or ban, probably), though I’m not sure why exactly.
Some background: our listing is in Oak Park, Illinois. This is where the majority of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture (and his former home and studio, and his church, which he designed) is on display, where Ernest Hemingway grew up, and where countless other famous people have called, and still call, home. It’s a small village, about 50,000 people, and we border Chicago, with several mass transit options to get you to downtown Chicago in 10-20 minutes. Suffice to say, a lot of people like to visit here.
Currently we have two hotels, which are always booked to capacity (constant weddings and the like) and three BnB’s. One of the hotels is clearly riding on coattails and name…
The vast majority of my guests (I’d say 80%) are here for either FLW or Hemingway, or are here to visit their sons/daughters/grandchildren who live here. It’s a very diverse, inclusive community, and we are very proud of that. We love our guests and they love the opportunity to stay in a home, when they visit, as a family. I’ve had two previous guests who moved here after staying in our home.
Would love any input from you all. I’m putting together talking points, but really want to make an impassioned plea at this meeting. This is so good for this town, and I worry about the few people who are disgruntled who may try to ruin it, not only myself, but every like-minded visitor.
Sorry this is stream of consciousness right now, but it’s weighing heavily, and I’m looking for any and all input. We have a decent group of hosts involved in this movement, but I don’t believe any of them are active on any of the message boards.
Thank you all.