New Orleans appears closer to short-term rental restrictions

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — “Whole-home” vacation rentals such as those arranged online by Airbnb could soon be outlawed in New Orleans.

City council members prepared Thursday to advance the latest version of a proposal to strengthen regulations on short-term rentals in the tourism-dependent city.

Member Kristin Gisleson Palmer unveiled the proposal late last year. It would limit short-term rental licenses in residential areas to one owner-occupied property apiece. It addresses complaints that outside investors have bought up homes for vacation rentals, driving up property values and taxes and driving out full-time residents.

Some short-term rental property owners demonstrated against the proposal outside City Hall.

Council members discussed eventually allowing whole-home rentals in economically struggling residential areas. They are also considering ways to regulate short-term rentals in multi-unit buildings in areas zoned for businesses.

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