Short Term Rentals Will Ruin Your Neighborhood

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shead@nola.gov, sgguidry@nola.gov, jasonwilliams@nola.gov, lcantrell@nola.gov, districtc@nola.gov, jcbrossett@nola.gov, jagray@nola.gov
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by Keith Hardie, Jr.

NO-short-term-rentalsCouncil Hearing on Short-Term Rentals,
Wednesday Dec. 17 at 2 PM

Please urge your City Councilperson to pass strong regulations prohibiting short-term rentals of residential properties.

Short term rentals, if permitted, will change the character of the City. They should be prohibited for a number of reasons:

1. There are no fire safety regulations for short term rentals as there are for hotels.

2. The “guests” frequently disrupt residential neighborhoods.

3. Demand by investors in short term rentals drive up the cost of housing. As you read this, realtors representing out-of-state investors are actively looking for housing to convert to short term rentals.

4. Local residents are displaced by the increased cost of housing.

Profits from short term rentals are far in excess of normal rental rates. There is plenty of incentive for investors to ignore the law.

5. Those who live next to a short term rental don’t have neighbors, weakening neighborhood cohesion.

6. The City loses tax revenue, both because the “residents” do not pay hotel taxes, and because they do not stay in hotels.

7. The cost of regulating short term rentals will be high and, like so many other things in the City, regulations are unlikely to be enforced.

It is easier to enforce a prohibition than to permit and attempt to regulate short term rentals.

8. Landlords are unlikely to maintain short term rentals.

Look at student rentals in the Carrollton-University area, many of which have been cited for blight, to see what STRs will become and what they will do to a neighborhood.

9. Without its residents and neighborhoods, New Orleans loses its soul. That is what has happened to Venice, as seen in the article below: “There has been an incredible increase in the number of bed-and-breakfasts and rented rooms in the last five years. You go into a palazzo and there are no Venetians at all; it’s just tourists,” says Mr. Secchi . . . . . Locals are also being priced out by wealthy foreigners, who buy up apartments in search of their own little piece of Venetian charm.”

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Tourism in Venice is booming. But as a result, the city’s population has dwindled to less than 60,000, driven away by millions of tourists who mob the piazzas and d…
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shead@nola.gov, sgguidry@nola.gov, jasonwilliams@nola.gov, lcantrell@nola.gov, districtc@nola.gov, jcbrossett@nola.gov, jagray@nola.gov
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For Carl Orend, what was supposed to be a dream weekend in New Orleans recently took a horrible turn when he arrived at the Mid-City home he rented through a short-term rental website. “The hygiene of the place was very bad. There was trash everywhere,” he said. “The place was very dirty. The back door didn’t lock properly, didn’t even close properly.”

According to city ordinance, it’s illegal to rent a property for fewer than 60 days in the French Quarter and 30 days in the rest of the city. A spokesman said the city investigates when it receives complaints about a property, and sends violation letters when applicable.

Visit the link below for the rest of the story by Scott Satchfield:
http://www.fox8live.com/story/24016980/f
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CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING ON
ILLEGAL SHORT-TERM RENTALS

Wednesday, December 17 at 2 pm
City Council Chambers

The City Council’s Community Development Committee, chaired by Council Member Latoya Cantrell, has just announced that it will be taking up the issue of illegal short-term rentals on Wednesday. We in the French Quarter know firsthand the corrosive effects of turning homes into hotels, and now the practice has spread throughout the city, affecting Marigny, Bywater, Treme, Mid-City, Carrollton, Uptown, Gentilly and beyond. The City Council needs to understand how illegal short-term rentals:

• convert residential properties into commercial operations

• replace residents – and voters – with transient visitors,

– disrupt neighborhoods and intrude on the lives of actual residents

• skews housing prices, making areas less affordable

• remove eyes and ears from the neighborhoods, which affects security

The pro-short-term rental people have organized, and now want to legalize this practice so that any building in a residential zone (read: your neighborhood) could become a hotel. The City Council needs to hear from YOU about the harm of this illegal practice!

Please attend this meeting to show your support for protecting the integrity and character of our neighborhoods, and please, spread the word!

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Please write to your City Council

shead@nola.gov, sgguidry@nola.gov, jasonwilliams@nola.gov, lcantrell@nola.gov, districtc@nola.gov, jcbrossett@nola.gov, jagray@nola.gov
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REAL WORLD EXPERIENCE WITH A SHORT TERM RENTAL

Michael Cloke posted the message below on Facebook and has authorized the message to be posted here.
Below is some real world experience with a short term rental…

“I have witnessed first hand what short-term renters do to the neighborhood. The only person that benefits from such illegal activities is the landlord. And that is only if the illegal occupants don’t destroy anyone’s property.

Next time some genius suggests that hotels, or the hospitality industry should contribute more fees/taxes to police patrols during such events, just remember; your neighbor skirted the law, and quite possibly deprived you and your family adequate protection, because the funds weren’t there.

When my neighbor rented her basement apt for Jazz Fest several years ago, the out-of-state tenants took a crap in my yard, littered my yard and garden with cigarette butts and beer cans, food wrappers, etc. I’m guessing someone, or several someones peed in my bushes, or poured stale beer in them; they were ruined. My insurance would not pay for it. My neighbor’s ins. wouldn’t pay either~~~the tenants were there illegally (ins rarely pays for a policyholder’s illegal activities). These people who come to town for a weekend or week, are generally here to party! It is a FESTIVAL! Whether it’s JF, Boogaloo, Voodoo, Endymion, etc. And it is not their property, nor are we their neighbors.

It will take more than “permit” fees and hotel taxes to handle the liabilities these transients bring to our neighborhoods. Check your homeowners ins. Such activities may not be covered, and you’ll be stuck holding the bag. It’s is not the same as having guests in your home; you are operating a business that could fall under the legal definition of a B & B or a hostel.

If I knew that my neighbors were renting their place out, say 3,4,or 5 times a year, to people who come here from out-of-state to party, I might not be so inclined to move into the neighborhood.

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Please write to your City Council

shead@nola.gov, sgguidry@nola.gov, jasonwilliams@nola.gov, lcantrell@nola.gov, districtc@nola.gov, jcbrossett@nola.gov, jagray@nola.gov
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