Louisville ordinance would fine hotels for room rentals under 12 hours

Louisville hotels could soon be banned from renting rooms for less than 12 hours, part of an effort by city leaders to prevent human trafficking and other illegal activity.Looking to rent a room for a few hours in the Louisville Metro area? That could soon change under a proposed new ordinance.Hotels that provide these short-term rentals could be hit with a fine of $500 or more because of the ordinance Metro Councilwomen Nicole George and Madonna Flood are sponsoring.”It prohibits hourly hotel rentals so you would not be able to rent a hotel room for anything less than 12 hours,” George said.They are trying to deter human trafficking and other illegal activities from happening.Those are problems LMPD Maj. Corey Robinson, of the sixth division, says he sees far too often. He says from Jan. 1, 2020, to Jan. 1, 2021, they had a total of 5,000 calls for service district-wide, with many of those calls originating at certain hotels. 8 on Preston Highway.”It gives cause for concern when we think about 30% of one division’s runs are spent in four hotels,” George said.Robinson says the other hotels include the Red Roof Inn on Preston and Red Roof Plaza and the Economy Inn on Bardstown Road. He says more than 50 arrests and citations have been issued by officers at those hotels.”Some of these hotel establishments have had people that have not been properly vetted as far as the gatekeepers, the front desk clerks,” Robinson said.Some council members say they don’t feel like this will address the issue.”I understand the issues, I get it, but I just don’t know if we’re trying to plug a hole for some shady hotel employee that’s trying to make some underhanded bucks that this is actually going to fix it,” said Councilwoman Jessica Green.The ordinance passed and will head to the full council for the next round of discussions. If approved, fines collected from businesses will be put in a youth housing fund.”I’ve not heard from any of the hotels to say they don’t support the ordinance. I have not heard from the Louisville hotel association. I’ve not heard from anyone who says they are not in opposition to a restriction on hourly hotel rentals,” George said.George says while this may not stop all the crime at these hotels, it’s another tool for LMPD’S toolbox to help officers.”I think it’s one layer, I think it gives LMPD another tool to enforce around,” George said.

Louisville hotels could soon be banned from renting rooms for less than 12 hours, part of an effort by city leaders to prevent human trafficking and other illegal activity.

Looking to rent a room for a few hours in the Louisville Metro area? That could soon change under a proposed new ordinance.

Hotels that provide these short-term rentals could be hit with a fine of $500 or more because of the ordinance Metro Councilwomen Nicole George and Madonna Flood are sponsoring.

“It prohibits hourly hotel rentals so you would not be able to rent a hotel room for anything less than 12 hours,” George said.

They are trying to deter human trafficking and other illegal activities from happening.

Those are problems LMPD Maj. Corey Robinson, of the sixth division, says he sees far too often. He says from Jan. 1, 2020, to Jan. 1, 2021, they had a total of 5,000 calls for service district-wide, with many of those calls originating at certain hotels.

Robinson says there were more than 1,500 calls for service to just four hotels in the sixth division, which includes the Super 8 on Preston Highway.

“It gives cause for concern when we think about 30% of one division’s runs are spent in four hotels,” George said.

Robinson says the other hotels include the Red Roof Inn on Preston and Red Roof Plaza and the Economy Inn on Bardstown Road. He says more than 50 arrests and citations have been issued by officers at those hotels.

“Some of these hotel establishments have had people that have not been properly vetted as far as the gatekeepers, the front desk clerks,” Robinson said.

Some council members say they don’t feel like this will address the issue.

“I understand the issues, I get it, but I just don’t know if we’re trying to plug a hole for some shady hotel employee that’s trying to make some underhanded bucks that this is actually going to fix it,” said Councilwoman Jessica Green.

The ordinance passed and will head to the full council for the next round of discussions. If approved, fines collected from businesses will be put in a youth housing fund.

“I’ve not heard from any of the hotels to say they don’t support the ordinance. I have not heard from the Louisville hotel association. I’ve not heard from anyone who says they are not in opposition to a restriction on hourly hotel rentals,” George said.

George says while this may not stop all the crime at these hotels, it’s another tool for LMPD’S toolbox to help officers.

“I think it’s one layer, I think it gives LMPD another tool to enforce around,” George said.

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