New Orleans Council Votes To Halt Some Short-Term Rentals – Biz New Orleans – May 2018

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The city council in tourist-friendly New Orleans voted Thursday to halt the proliferation of one type of tourist housing: short-term rentals such as those facilitated by Airbnb and Homeaway.

Council member Kristin Palmer’s measure affects those who rent out entire homes for short-term visitors for as much as 90 days a year. It imposes a nine-month moratorium on licenses for such rentals — including renewals of existing annual licenses— while a study is made of the effects of short-term rentals.

Backers of the measure, which passed unanimously, said large investors have bought up properties to turn them into vacation spots — driving up New Orleans housing costs, driving out residents and threatening the historic character that draws tourists in the first place.

“We were sold a bill of goods when this thing first passed — that it was going to be mom and pop,” Palmer said, referring to the council’s earlier attempt to regulate short-term rentals in 2016. Her measure does not apply to commercially zoned areas and is aimed at the city’s numerous historic neighborhoods.

Supporting the measure, Samuel Taggart said that of 18 buildings on his block in the Treme neighborhood of the city, 12 are short-term rentals with a total of 28 units. He said two of the units are “nothing but fraternity parties on the weekend. They bring in kegs of beer and crawfish. If they do go out to the French Quarter, they come in at 2:30 in the morning and party to 4 or 5 in the morning.”

Opponents said Palmer’s measure will hurt small investors, too, particularly those whose licenses will lapse during the nine months.

“It will punish the people who are playing by the rules,” said Eric Bay, president of a group of short-term rental supporters.

Some warned of a ripple effect in the city’s economy, also hurting people who renovate and clean rental properties.

The measure does not affect permits for people who turn over part of their existing residences to short-term renters — those who rent out bedrooms or half of their duplexes.

HomeAway issued a statement Thursday disputing some of the claims by backers of Palmer’s measure, including the contention that short-term rentals have driven up prices and rents. It said it would work with short-term rental opponents to address their concerns.

“Average home values in New Orleans have been rising steadily post-Katrina, and the rate of growth has not accelerated since the legalization of STRs,” the company said in reference to short-term rentals.

Laura Spanjian, Airbnb Public Policy Director, said the vote was disappointing.

“We have worked closely with the City for more than two years to develop and implement fair rules, which provide the City data and tools to enforce the law and millions in tax revenue, and today’s vote flies in the face of the collaborative spirit with which we’ve approached our work with the City,” she said in an emailed statement.

– by Kevin McGill, AP reporter


Source: New Orleans Council Votes To Halt Some Short-Term Rentals – Biz New Orleans – May 2018

  Treme/7th Ward Arts & Culture Festival  May 25-27

Treme/7th Ward Arts & Culture Festival
When: May 25-27
There are neighborhood tours, a Baby Doll bar crawl, community art projects, youth activities, food and music by Shannon Powell, Treme Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins and others at the fest under the Claiborne Avenue overpass. Visit for details. 9:30 a.m. Friday, noon Saturday-Sunday.

Long known as bedrocks of indigenous art, culture, and history, the Tremé and 7th Ward neighborhoods will be celebrated for their immeasurable contributions—to the City of New Orleans, the United States, and the world—at the 3rd Annual Tremé/7th Ward Arts & Culture Festival this Memorial Day Weekend, May 25 – 27, 2018.

We, the people of Tremé and 7th Ward have survived and thrived by knowing our History, living our Traditions, and forever innovating our Culture, while creating Music, Dance, Food, Art, Architecture, and Scholarship to inspire all humanity.

The first of many new activities to activate the Tremé/7th Ward Cultural District, our T7 Fest will spotlight our neighborhoods, together and individually, for our rich historical sites, our unique cultural products, and the quality, character, and proud ancestry of our residents.

Join us as we Take It to the Streets…

We will kick off Friday, May 25 with high-spirited tours of historic sites in both the Tremé and 7th Ward neighborhoods exploring the traditions, history, and culture of both neighborhoods in a global context.

The history continues into the night with the T7 Baby Doll Bar Crawl, as we explore another community tradition of “bar hopping” to 5 historic bars and taverns in the Tremé and 7th Ward neighborhoods. These are the places where born and bred New Orleans musicians hone their talents, where performing artists perfect their vocals, masking Indians practice their chants, and community cooks and craftspeople hawk their wares.

But don’t stay out too late! Because after you’ve visited the historic sites and survived the bar crawl, now it’s time to experience what all the talk is about, when we Take It to the Streets…

All day Saturday, May 26 we meet Under the Bridge between the Saints Streets, Saint Ann to Saint Phillip at our free arts and culture festival. The world’s best musicians will take the stage, the world’s best culinary artists will cook, the world’s best fine artists and craftspeople will create, the world’s best community organizations will educate and engage.

It all leads back to our life-sustaining, spirit fulfilling culture, began before the founding of America, by communities of enslaved Africans and Free People of Color.  We’ll be celebrating on Sunday, May 27 with more back to back music ending with a traditional New Orleans Secondline.

And when it’s all said and done, it’ll have been said and done by people who live and love the art and culture…it’s on!

Tremé / 7th Ward Cultural District