City Council approves short-term rental rules, restrictive regulations shot down

Meg Farris talks about the regulations approved by the City Council for short-term rentals.

NEW ORLEANS -- City Council gave the final approval Thursday to rules regulating short-term rentals in the city.

However, more restrictive rules, such as having utilities cut to violators, were shot down.

According to the New Orleans Advocate, the set of rules adopted remained largely similar to those set forth when short-term rentals were approved in October.

The rentals will be allowed throughout the city except for most blocks in the French Quarter, where all types of rentals will be banned. Homeowners will be able to rent out rooms and doubles as often as they want, and whole homes anywhere in the city could be rented up to 90 days each year.

You can read more about this at The New Orleans Advocate's website.

Here is a list of the approved regulations:

Short-term rentals
Owner occupied/homestead exemption: unlimited days leased
No homestead exemption: up to 90 days can be leased
Commercial property: up to 5 bedroom/10 guests
None in French quarter/ only commercial in 200-700 bourbon st.
Permits $50-$500
No limit on number of places

Taxes
Raised  for enforcement/inspectors

Penalties
Liens
Fines
Stop electricity

Effective
January 1 for taxes
April 1 for regulations

(© 2016 WWL)


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