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A rainbow-colored pony, a kangaroo and an angry neighborhood. A short term rental home in North Austin is turning a quiet street into a circus-like atmosphere when people rent out the home on Blue Water Drive. Neighbors called police, code enforcement and now KEYE TV.
Enticed by the colorful murals, neighborhood pride, and affordable homes, Kristen Hotopp bought a house on Garden Street just off East Cesar Chavez in 1999. Back then, she recalls, the neighborhood was a close-knit Latino stronghold.
Today, the paleteria carts no longer come down her street. Instead of having neighbors, Hotopp said she’s raising her 2-year-old son amid a nonstop stream of bachelor party attendees and business-trippers who frequent the short-term rentals (STRs) that have surrounded her small Thirties bungalow.
City Council resumed meetings this week, back from their July hiatus ready to tear into budget deliberations, but also facing a variety of thorny issues postponed for further consideration back in June. Of these, none will likely create more grief than the issue of regulating commercial short term rentals (STRs). The deliberations were ugly during the last Council’s reign; passions have only gotten worse under the botched implementation. So while Council’s been away, the “stakeholders” have been busy.