New Orleans City Council to revisit issue of short term rentals AKA Air BnBs

At Cantrell’s urging, City Council to revisit issue of short-term rentals.

The City Council will soon consider a proposal that would put a “soft cap” on the number of short-term rentals in certain commercial corridors in New Orleans — the first attempt to rein in the controversial rentals since they were legalized more than a year ago.

Councilwoman and Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell, who tried to get a similar cap enacted when the rental rules were first passed, also announced that she would push for a study to determine whether further restrictions are needed.

The ordinance she introduced Thursday would allow up to two short-term rental units per property in neighborhoods that typically house small businesses; any rentals beyond that number would need to be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

That ordinance is expected to come up for a vote at the council’s April 5 meeting, before five newly elected members take office.

Meanwhile, a motion directing the City Planning Commission to restudy the issue of rentals is expected to come up for approval at the council’s March 22 meeting.

Cantrell said her proposed ordinance is designed to curb “home to hotel” conversions.

“When multi-family structures get five to six or seven (rental) licenses and then become entirely short-term rental … it puts a significant burden on the neighbors, and prevents those units from being used by full-time residents,” she said.

At least this is a start, the Air BBs robs locals of fair housing. It’s terribly how we, locals are treated when it comes to giving tourist The New Orleans experience. Even if you stay in a New Orleans Home while you are here on vacation, you will not get the experience or whatever feel you are seeking.

To live in a New Orleans neighbourhood means to befriend your neighbors, walk to the corner store, sit on your porch while drinking a beer and eating crawfish.

Tourist do not interact with the communities they visit in, ish the transplants do not even speak or look at us on my block. Think about it, when you go on vacation, much time isn’t spent on the hotel property unless it’s an all inclusive, so will you use a whole house and it’s neighborhood to your advantage?

The units — registered on sites such as Airbnb — have flourished in neighborhoods most desired by visitors, and many longtime residents have complained of being displaced or priced out because of them.

If you want to help preserve New Orleans culture, please do not sell into the short term rental concept. It hurts the locals, prevents Katrina survivors from returning and it takes money away from locals who work in the tourism industry.

The rent here in New Orleans has increased to the point of pushing locals out. Prior to Katrina a 3 bedroom house was $600, now it’s $1600+ in the same neighborhoods people avoided, now they own 60% of it.

New Orleans can not be New Orleans without locals, New Orleans natives.

Myself, along with others are here to show you our city, fall in love with our city and want you to feel the soul of New Orleans, but it’s not some thing to be sold, but shared.

I recently started blogging about my birth city, my hometown and if you continue to follow me as I perfect my craft, I will bring you into the heart of my wonderful Nola.

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