By Kylie McGivern
Published: January 28, 2016, 11:22 pm Updated: January 29, 2016, 6:57 am
AUSTIN (KXAN) — Dozen stuck it out at City Hall until 2:30 a.m., waiting for the City Council to tackle discussions impacting the future of short terms rentals. Most notably Type 2 STRs, rentals where the owner is not on site. At last check, 179 people were signed up to speak in the public hearing portion.
One line of discussion that’s expected to come up is how STR locations could be playing a role in Austin ISD’s declining population in Central and East Austin schools.
Bertha Delgado is one of many on the east side, and really, all over Austin, all fighting to keep neighborhoods filled with families rather than short term rentals. Living on Haskell Street, she’s seen taxes increases, homes torn down, and families uprooted, forced to move to the outer edges of the city in search of affordable housing options.
“If we keep allowing these STRs (Type 2’s) to continue to grow in the city, in every district, we are going to be doomed. Meaning there will not be no more families in schools. And I’m afraid of that and I hope that they see that we’re taking a stand,” Delgado told KXAN.