October 28, 2015

Kara Nuzback – Community Impact

Austin Planning Commission voted 8-2 to recommend City Council place a one-year moratorium on licenses for Type 2 short-term rentals in residential zones.

Commission Vice Chairman Fayez Kazi and Commissioner James Schissler cast the dissenting votes.

Type 2 STRs are those in which the owner of the property does not reside. A slew of homeowners who live near Type 2 STRs—both licensed and unlicensed—attended the Oct. 28 meeting to testify in favor of the moratorium.

Stephanie Ashworth, a member of the group Neighbors for Short Term Rental Reform, said investors buy residential houses and advertise them as rentals on websites, such as AirBnB, in excess of the occupancy rates and often without an STR license.