"The New Orleans City Planning Commission staff has requested and received an extension from the New Orleans City Council for the Short Term Rental Study. The study is considering amendments to the short-term rental definition, limitations on the size of short-term rentals, which districts short-term rentals should be prohibited, conditional use, or permitted use, supplemental use standards, temporary use standards, national best practices, and consider changes to bed-and-breakfast regulations. The Short Term Rental Study is now due to City Council on February 1, 2016 and will be considered by the City Planning Commission at their January 26, 2016 meeting.
The revised timeline is as follows:
· January 18, 2016, 5pm: Deadline for written comments (emails). Since City Hall is closed this date, hand delivered comments will be accepted until noon on Tuesday, January 19.
· January 19, 2016: Staff Report for the Short Term Rental Study will be made available to the public.
· January 26, 2016: City Planning Commission consideration of the study.
· February 1, 2016: Study completion deadline. Recommendation forwarded to City Council.
Post by High Priestess on Jan 21, 2016 4:35:33 GMT
I looked over the report and here are some of things I noted:
(1) This study is massive -- I have never seen such a long report on STRs going into such detail. 118 pages!!?
(2) they want to set up four different types of short term rental permits!!!
(3) for type 1 permit, hosted rentals, they would require that you provide a parking space for the guest.
(4) to do no hosted rentals for over 30 days a year. You would have to get a conditional use permit and the city would limit # of operators to 2-4 per square block.
(5)short term rentals are extremely profitable in New Orleans--- as evidenced by the large difference between long term rents and short term ones. The difference is greater than that which exists in cities in the San Francisco Bay Area for instance.,
(6)they are highlighting the safety issue more than I have seen in other cities
(7)those who rent out only 1-5 rooms would pay no hotel tax because that tax only applies to places renting more than 5 rooms.,
(8)operator would be asked to keep a log of all dates and fees of short term guests, which the city could ask to inspect at any time.
(9)it would be (under the proposed rules) illegal to advertise short term rentals without a license , illegal to not include license # in ad, illegal to advertise outside the scope of the short term rental permit. (Oh for heaven's sake just save some time and put all hosts in jail already!!! Geez!)
All together I find the proposed regulations rather invasive--- it is a case IMHO of over regulation ....