Short Term Rentals in New Orleans
Short term rentals have been 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.