Short Term Rentals

From issues to regulations: Follow the story and learn more about short term rentals in New Orleans.



Short Term Rentals in New Orleans

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Short term rentals have recently become a controversial issue in cities all across America, New Orleans included.

Short term rentals are considered to be any rental less than 30 days.

The New Orleans City Planning Commission (CPC) conducted a Short Term Rental Study to make informed recommendations to City Council in January of 2016.

With the growth of the sharing economy and the increased popularity of websites like Airbnb, VRBO, and FlipKey, short term rentals have proliferated in the City of New Orleans despite being prohibited in most zoning categories. While there is no official count, there are likely between 2,400 and 4,000 listings in New Orleans. The vast majority of these short term rentals operate without the proper approvals.- CPC Short Term Rental Study

The study considered amendments to the short-term rental definition, limitations on the size of short-term rentals, which districts short-term rentals should be prohibited, conditional use, or permitted use, supplemental use standards, temporary use standards, national best practices, and consider changes to bed-and-breakfast regulations.

Since January, City Planning staff, the City Planning Commission, the administration, and the City Council have been debating whether to permit, in residential areas, the short-term rental of whole houses not occupied by their owners. The alternative is to limit STRs to residences that qualify for a homestead exemption.

The nine-member advisory City Planning Commission has expressed steadfast opposition to the conversion of entire houses into STRs. In doing so it has been in step with prevailing public opinion, but at odds with recommendations put forth by the City Planning staff, the Landrieu administration and now the City Council. Check out the latest at our Updates and Resources tabs.

 


View presentations from our November 2015 forum Short Term Rentals: What Works for New Orleans below and on our Updates tab.


UNO MURP Candidate, Katy Sullivan  Examining Existing Policy Approaches

Researcher and planner, Jeffrey Goodman Short Term Rentals: Balancing Opportunities and Challenges

City planner Phillip Supino (Durango, CO) Preserving Housing Through Short Term Rental Regulation

Monisha Merchant Airbnb Community Compact

Dr. Marla Nelson was moderator.

 

The Urban Conservancy hosted this forum on November 17, 2015 in hopes of starting a more balanced dialogue around this contentious issue. 

Update 5

Dec 2016

The City of New Orleans’ Short Term Rental Administration page is now live, with important links and info.  Go to our Short Term Rental “Resources” page for help navigating it.

Update 4

Oct 2016

“But efficient enforcement is a moot point if the amendments … make affordable housing even more unattainable for the very people who keep this city alive.”  Read this op-ed by UC’s executive director, Dana Eness, published in The Lens on October 25, 2016.

 

Update 3

Oct 2016

Administration Amendments on STRs Pass 6-1

The Landrieu administration’s short term rental amendments passed 6-1 (with Councilmember Brossett as the single “no” vote) on October 20, with loopholes big enough you could drive a whole-house rental through. Several, actually. Read the Amendments and Council President Head’s “Response to the Oct 20, 2016 City Council vote on Short Term Rentals”.

Update 2

Apr 2016

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Update 1

Nov 2015

The Urban Conservancy hosted a panel discussion on the future of short term rentals in New Orleans on November 17 for residents to learn more about this issue, how other cities are addressing it, and what an enforceable regulatory framework for New Orleans might look like.  Over 50 people attended.  You can read Times-Picayune reporter Robert McClendon’s articles from November 16 and November 20 on the topic and the forum.

Click on the blue text to view presentations.

UNO MURP Candidate, Katy Sullivan  Examining Existing Policy Approaches

Researcher and planner, Jeffrey Goodman Short Term Rentals: Balancing Opportunities and Challenges

City planner Phillip Supino (Durango, CO) Preserving Housing Through Short Term Rental Regulation

Monisha Merchant Airbnb Community Compact

Dr. Marla Nelson was moderator.

 


 

At the request of the New Orleans City Council, CPC is conducted a study on the regulation of short-term rentals in New Orleans. The study considered amendments to the short-term rental definition, limitations on the size of short-term rentals, which districts short-term rentals should be prohibited, conditional use, or permitted use, supplemental use standards, temporary use standards, national best practices, and consider changes to bed-and-breakfast regulations.

 

The City’s Short Term Rental page is now live

The Short Term Rental Administration page is now up on the City’s website where you can find all the rules and regulations, a registry of approved short term rentals, and other useful information.

Are you curious about permitted uses for a particular address?  Simply plug in the street address using the “Search” tool (the little magnifying glass in the upper right corner) on the Property Viewer page.   Under “Zoning” at the bottom of the map, look at the “Zoning District.”

Refer to the one-pager titled “Where are Short Term Rentals allowed? “ to see what sorts of STRs are allowed within that particular zoning district.

Short Term Rental City Council Vote 10/20/16 and Responses

The original Zoning Docket 61-16.  See amendments to these CPC recommendations below.

Landrieu administration’s STR Amendments to Zoning Docket 61-16 that were adopted and passed 6-1 on October 20.  Councilmember Brossett was the dissenting vote. The first sixteen pages are the amendments that were  submitted from the administration followed by one from Councilmembers Head and Williams and another by Councilmember Guidry.

Response to the Oct 20, 2016 City Council vote on Short Term Rentals from Council President Head.

Short-term rental vote deals a blow to neighborhoods– and citizen engagement. Op-ed by UC ED Dana Eness published 10/25/16 in The Lens.

“Short-Term Rentals: City Council takes a step in the wrong direction”: A summary by VCPORA of ramifications for our commercial and residential districts.

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