Some Starkville aldermen attempted on Tuesday to expand the ongoing debate over potential restrictions on short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods, saying long-term rentals in the same areas should be considered too.
Airbnb is taking more steps to crack down on parties and nuisance guests in the wake of a Halloween shooting at an Airbnb rental in a San Francisco suburb where five people were killed.
Aldermen will not vote to place restrictions on short-term rental properties such as Airbnbs in residential neighborhoods at their Dec. 17 meeting as originally planned, and the city will look into possible regulations for long-term rental properties before bringing the issue back up for debate.
Voices rose and exchanges became heated Tuesday at the second public input session for Starkville’s proposed restrictions on short-term rental properties in single-family residential neighborhoods.
City leaders introduced a list of alternative options to proposed regulations of short-term rentals properties Thursday before holding a public forum where most people in attendance spoke against the proposal.
A public hearing regarding the city’s development code and comprehensive plan turned into a debate about proposed restrictions on short-term rental properties at Tuesday’s board of aldermen meeting.
City officials will hold daily meetings at City Hall this week for anyone with questions about proposed restrictions on Airbnb rentals, after the city received about 30 emails, primarily from Realtors, concerned about them.
The renovations on the 1,650-square-foot house in central Starkville had just finished when the owner, Heather Osborne, found out about the city’s proposed restrictions on renting out residential units on Airbnb.
A ban on “whole home” short-term vacation rentals in residential areas of tourism-dependent New Orleans won unanimous backing Thursday from the City Council.
Julie Baca, who lives in Oktibbeha Gardens, wasn’t very familiar with Airbnb.
That changed a few months ago, when the owners of a nearby house began using the online service to regularly rent it out to visitors.