Big Blue 'Airbnb Bus' towed from Montgomery property

Big Blue 'Airbnb Bus' towed from Montgomery property
Chason Smitherman's blue bus, used for Airbnb rentals, has been towed away. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - It welcomed visitors from around the world over the last six months, but now it's gone.

Montgomery resident Chason Smitherman bought an old blue bus off Facebook for $1,300. At first he wasn't sure what he wanted to do with it. Then he decided to turn it into a place for people to stay the night and listed it on Airbnb.

Smitherman had visitors from Sweden, England, and California spend time in the bus, which WSFA 12 News featured in our County Road 12 segment in July. Apparently, not everyone was fond of his business experiment.

By Wednesday afternoon the bus had been towed away from the home Smitherman is renting.

"The Blue Bus was towed after a citizen, and apparently the landlord, filed a complaint to the city on July 30th," said Griffith Waller with the City of Montgomery.

The complaint stated, "the operation is not licensed, doesn't collect local and county lodging taxes, and does not have a certificate of occupancy, and likely doesn't have the appropriate liability coverage."

The city's response states "the bus was towed by the landlord."

"Our inspections division cited the cause for towing as: business license, junk vehicle, nuisance on property, and improper zoning," said Waller.

Smitherman said it was a big hit for travelers looking for something unique.

"Some people are tired of staying in hotel rooms and those limitations," Smitherman said in our story that aired on July 27. "They want to get out and travel the strange roads of America."

This strange road is closed down, at least for now.

Smitherman has not reacted to the removal.

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