Vacation rentals see high demand, putting KC in tricky spot says city leader

As public health officials are urging people to not let their guard down from the

As public health officials are urging people to not let their guard down from the virus, travelers are seeking out vacation destinations all over the country. “Airbnb’s have been a hot topic of discussion,” said KCMO Councilman Eric Bunch, 4th district. Vacation rental companies like Airbnb and VRBO are seeing a boost in reservations with both of their stocks soaring.”It’s tricky, it’s a mixed bag,” said Bunch. While that’s good news for the Kansas City economy—there’s still some hesitation to welcome visitors.”With things opening up again, and people coming back out, and feeling a little bit more I guess confident, it makes me feel a little less confident,” said Bunch. City leaders say the city fell short $70 million in revenue because of the pandemic, so more money coming into the city would be needed, but unlike hotels, the city doesn’t collect taxes from rentals—and they can’t be regulated. “If we get a report of a party that’s going on it’s much hard at an Airbnb for us to go on and enforce physical distancing rules,” Bunch said. So if visitors are wanting to come to Kansas City—city leaders ask they practice physical distancing, wear a mask, and follow other city restrictions. “I’m not quite ready to say everyone come back to Kansas City but when they do we’re gonna ask them to follow all of the rules,” Bunch said.

As public health officials are urging people to not let their guard down from the virus, travelers are seeking out vacation destinations all over the country.

“Airbnb’s have been a hot topic of discussion,” said KCMO Councilman Eric Bunch, 4th district.

Vacation rental companies like Airbnb and VRBO are seeing a boost in reservations with both of their stocks soaring.

“It’s tricky, it’s a mixed bag,” said Bunch.

While that’s good news for the Kansas City economy—there’s still some hesitation to welcome visitors.

“With things opening up again, and people coming back out, and feeling a little bit more I guess confident, it makes me feel a little less confident,” said Bunch.

City leaders say the city fell short $70 million in revenue because of the pandemic, so more money coming into the city would be needed, but unlike hotels, the city doesn’t collect taxes from rentals—and they can’t be regulated.

“If we get a report of a party that’s going on it’s much hard at an Airbnb for us to go on and enforce physical distancing rules,” Bunch said.

So if visitors are wanting to come to Kansas City—city leaders ask they practice physical distancing, wear a mask, and follow other city restrictions.

“I’m not quite ready to say everyone come back to Kansas City but when they do we’re gonna ask them to follow all of the rules,” Bunch said.