The city is concerned that some of the rooms are unsafe because they were never designed for long term housing. The extended stay motels serve visitors, locals and seasonal workers that pay a monthly or weekly rent. But now safety concerns are forcing the city to revamp their inspection plan.
Richard Laughery is the manager of The Palms Inn on the Highway 76 strip. He says the inn is full.
"I don't keep empty rooms for any length of time. They're snapped up," Laughery says.
With an average weekly rent of $120, it's a cheap place to stay but he's worried that the new inspections could mean people will be displaced.
"I understand thinking behind that to see what kind of cooking, hot plates and baking ovens and they have the fire hazard, but I feel its invasive to someone's privacy," he says.
He's aware of the safety concerns.
"A hot plate, I don't see the harm in it," he says. "As long as they're not trying to run a hot plate, an oven and a microwave all at the same time."
That scenario's one of the reasons why the city of Branson is doing the inspections.
"We've had some small fires. We've had fires caused by smoking, by cooking. We're trying to make sure we can educate the public that are using these as residential bases to be safe," says Fire Chief Ted Martin.
Currently, there isn't a code for the extended stay motels and it's a problem when it comes to inspections
"We thought about trying to create an extended stay code, but then we realized that the real issue is for it to be a safe unit." Martin says.
Martin wants to make clear that the plan isn't to put people on the streets. They city understands the motels are people's homes.
"It's not really to target one type of property," Martin says. "It is a party of our bigger program of the inspection process to reduce the chance of loss of life and property in our community."
Martin says they've found deep fryers, refrigerators and hot plates in motel units that were not wired to handle those type of appliances.
He says the properties offer affordable housing often walking distance of where people work. The city's ultimate goal is to inspect all the hotels and motels in Branson to make sure they are safe to live in. The process should run through the next two weeks.