New Orleans Already Rethinking its Short-Term Rental Regulations

New Orleans passed short-term rental regulations into law in October 2016, and launched a permitting process launched in April 2017. By May 2018, some city councilmembers are already proposing change.

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May 24, 2018, 11:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

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"The New Orleans City Council will consider a temporary freeze on new and some existing short-term rentals in large parts of the city, including the central business district and areas surrounding the French Quarter," reports Kevin Litten.

"The proposal, if approved by the council, would mean that owners of short-term rentals not located in a commercial district would be unable to legally rent their properties on platforms like Airbnb for at least 12 months once their license expires," adds Litten. "The commercial districts, which are exempt to a 90-day cap under current rules, could continue to operate with renewed permits but new permits wouldn't be issued for previously unlicensed properties."

The city's current regulations were approved in October 2016 in a process surrounded by controversy.

According to a separate article by Jeff Adelson, the potential for the City Council to rewrite those fairly new rules amounts "to an aggressive curtailment of the type of short-term rentals that have drawn the most ire from neighborhood groups and residents…"

A hat tip to Rachel Kaufman for sharing news of the changing politics of short-term rentals in New Orleans.

Monday, May 21, 2018 in The Times-Picayune

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