AG's opinion affects Broken Bow cabin owners who rent

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

BROKEN BOW, Okla. (AP) - An opinion from Attorney General Drew Edmondson effectively shuts down companies that rent cabins to tourists - unless they're supervised by a licensed real estate broker.

One owner of a cabin rental company in Broken Bow says they will ask the Legislature for a new state law allowing them to continue operating as they have for years.

The issue began when the Oklahoma Real Estate Commission notified more than a dozen rental companies in the Broken Bow area they were under investigation. Commission director Anne Woody says a person must be licensed in order to rent cabins to tourists.

Edmonson's opinion that was issued Wednesday agreed.

McCurtain County Getaways co-owner Michelle Finch says rental owners will ask lawmakers to approve a new law allowing them to continue conducting business as they have in the past.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Ralph Location: Denison on Dec 21, 2009 at 08:29 AM
    Just something to keep in mind when you hear these "conservative" politicians spouting their "business friendly" mantra. They all seem to be friendly to the business that contributes the most $ to their re-election efforts. In this case, it's the real estate lobby.
  • by Okie Location: Oklahoma on Dec 20, 2009 at 06:34 PM
    Have dealt with the real estate bit. The house was not fit to live in, couldn't get the leaky water pipes fixed sewer backed up in the bathtub. So guess now the cabins will be the same way after they take over. All they are after is more money for themselves.
  • by Kelly Location: Daisy on Dec 20, 2009 at 12:48 PM
    This is a perfect opportunity to investigate the AG and shut him down.... follow the money and you'll see who is pulling the strings in Oklahoma. Class action lawsuit anyone?
  • by Rick Location: Lake Texoma on Dec 20, 2009 at 11:40 AM
    I'm Renting cabins around texoma now, and hurting, this is just one more hand in the cookie jar. This is a joke !!!!!
  • by Jail Boss Location: BCJ on Dec 20, 2009 at 09:24 AM
    The AG's opinion means nothing. It has no legal standing whatsoever. Only a COURT can issue such an order. Any attorney can give an opinion on the law, but the COURT has to make a lawful ruling.
  • by Small business Location: Durant on Dec 19, 2009 at 11:39 AM
    If the real estate commission and Drew Edmondson get by with this, they'll be at Lake Texoma next saying you have to have a real estate license to rent a boat, or rent a room at the Choctaw Casino.
  • by Larry Location: Love County on Dec 19, 2009 at 11:13 AM
    Have enjoyed the cabins in Broken Bow for years. Just goes to show how some people can buy influence so they can effectively make money off of something that they aren't needed in. Just a crock and this is why we need to get rid of this government we have. Doesn't work for us at all. Embarrassed of my 11 yrs service in the military.
  • by kelly wright on Dec 19, 2009 at 11:09 AM
    sounds like some fat cat real estate broker found him a potential gold mine......sorry greedy fat cats......
  • by Donny Location: Sherman on Dec 19, 2009 at 06:50 AM
    This is basically extortion. Give the government and big business a piece of the pie or we will shut you down. Chicago politics. Just like in Washington now.
  • by Dakota Location: Platter on Dec 19, 2009 at 06:46 AM
    THIS IS JUST PLAIN WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Real Estate Commission sure paid THIS man lots of money!
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