MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Juliet Jones has been running an Airbnb service out of her guest bedroom at her East Memphis home for five years. "I've had guests from many many foreign countries: France, Germany, Australia," she said. But things could soon change. Tuesday night, the Memphis City Council passed an ordinance regulating short term rental properties. However before the ordinance officially goes into affect, some "red tape" as council members called it has to be removed. Members plan to spend the next few weeks working to sort that out. A $100 permit fee will be removed.
Memphis has about 300 Airbnbs which is less than other sister cities. Jones said she understands paying fees and taxes and has no problem with it, but doesn't believe she should be taxed at the level of hotels.
Post by High Priestess on Oct 19, 2016 15:28:40 GMT
I think that Memphis will probably do a little publicizing of the new STR rules in the local paper, but other than that, hosts will have to figure it out themselves and seek out the info.
THe number of listings in any given city is not easy to find these days -- and in fact, for whatever city you look for listings -- be it Memphis, or Chicago, or New York City -- you will be led to think there are only 300 listings in the whole city. That's because the way Airbnb presents information, they present only "300+" listings for any given search. I just did a search for places in New York City -- I didn't enter any dates when asked when I wanted to stay, and didn't check whether I wanted private room or entire place. I got only 300 results. Yet we know there are thousands of listings in NYC.
One way to get accurate information, for the number of listings in any given city, is to do several sequential searches, each for a narrow price range. If each of your searches is narrow enough, you'll get fewer than 300 results for a given price range -- this may not work in huge cities like New York City which could have 500 listings at the very same nightly price -- but it should work for MEmphis. Then, just add up the number of listings within each price range block, and you can find the total number of listings.
I just now did this for Memphis and this is what I get:
0 - $31
$51 - $60
$61 - 70
$71 - $ 86
$87 - 100
$101 - 122
$123 - $138
$159 - $180
$181 - $201
$202 - $233
$235 - $504
$505 - $672
$672 - $1000+
Total number of Memphis AIrbnb listings = 511
Just out of curiosity, I tried this for NYC, and right away got too many results -- there were more than 300 listings in the price range $32-39...and I couldn't narrow it down more than that because the sliders for the prices wouldn't move closer together.
Wow! So I'm wondering now who's gonna fine you or warn you or enforce whatever. Plus if you need an inspection or proof of big insurance--that'll let me out--but I wonder if that's just a matter of applying...just a money grab.
Memphis doesn't really enforce anything. We have 17 shootings here every weekend. (Black Lives Matter declared a 30-day ban on killing--start up killing again on the 31st day, I guess--but no matter; it didn't last 30 minutes.) Who cares if my Airbnb room, which doesn't include kitchen privileges...doesn't include kitchen privileges? 🍳