NEIGHBORS FOR SHORT TERM RENTAL REFORM
OUR GOAL IS TO STOP SHORT TERM RENTAL ABUSE AND TO HELP EDUCATE RESIDENTS OF AUSTIN REGARDING SHORT TERM RENTAL REGULATION AND REFORM."If you build it for the residents, the tourists will come. If you build it for the tourists, the residents will leave, and eventually, the tourists will stop coming." -- Roberta Gratz, award-winning journalist and urban critic.
Neighbors for Short Term Rental Reform is a grassroots organization of Austin homeowners who support true home sharing but are against commercial Short Term Rentals that have put hotels and event venues in our residential neighborhoods. Neighbors for Short Term Rental Reform is fighting for the reform of Austin’s Short Term Rental ordinance, enforcement of that ordinance, and the elimination of commercial non-owner occupied Short Term Rentals in residential areas.
Neighbors for Short Term Rental Reform supports true home sharing. We support Type 1 owner-occupied Short Term Rentals. We support homeowners who live in their home and want to occasionally rent out their home during key tourist events. These STR Type 1 owners are part of their community and know their neighbors. Non-owner occupied Short Term Rentals Type 2 are completely commercial enterprises in residential neighborhoods. No one lives in these homes. These Type 2 STRs are essentially hotels operating in our neighborhoods disrupting permanent residents’ quality of life with transient strangers rotating in and out, noise, trash, parking issues, corporate events, parties as well as safety risks with over-crowded conditions and unregulated large events. HomeAway, Airbnb, Turn Key and other online platforms have profited from the commercialization of our neighborhoods. These STR Type 2s are robbing Austin of affordable housing. This is not home sharing. These are de facto hotels.
Neighbors for Short Term Rental Reform brings together Austin community members who are ready to stop commercial Short Term Rentals abuse. We want more from Austin City Council and Mayor Adler to amend the current STR ordinance to protect residential zoning rights and to regulate STRs for neighborhood, community, host and guest safety. Every commercial Short Term Rental Type 2 removes valuable housing for Austin residents. These are investment properties; not homes. We want City Council to eliminate STR2s from residential neighborhoods. We want more from Austin Code Enforcement to encourage compliance and prosecute violators. We want more from online platform corporate profiteers – HomeAway, Aribnb, Turn Key – to eliminate illegal ads for STRs without a permit license, those advertising over 6 adult occupancy limit, and those being used as event venues, as well as to collect and remit Hotel Occupancy Taxes and to provide information to aid in STR code compliance.
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GET THE FACTS
As of September 2015
- Only 1,200 licensed STRs in Austin
- 1,600 listings on HomeAway
- 606 HomeAway listings for 8+ adults
- 5,000 listings on Airbnb Inside Airbnb. Adding Data to the Debate.
2014 STRs remitted $2.1 million in Hotel Occupancy Taxes (City of Austin Controller) NOT as the Austin Rental Alliance claims “…tens of millions of dollars per year locally to the Hotel Occupancy Tax.” (change.org petition)