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How short term rentals could impact AISD enrollment numbers

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...

Planning Commission weighs in on STR regs

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano With a cry of “stop it now,” there was a moment during the Planning Commission’s Tuesday night meeting when it looked like commissioners would push to immediately eliminate Type 2 short-term rentals in residential areas....

Austin Council considers ban on STR-2 in marathon session

AUSTIN, TX (KEYE) Nov. 12, 2015 One Austin homeowner who signed up to speak to the council says he would wait hours, days and even weeks to get the point across that the STR-2 next door is disturbing the neighborhood. “It started as kind of a party atmosphere...

Austin Council weighs Type 2 Short-Term Rentals moratorium

AUSTIN, Texas Fox 7 News Nov. 12, 2015 Jessie Neufeld, with Neighbors for Short Term Rental Reform, says reform is needed. “For me, honestly, the biggest issue was raising a child next to a house that was essentially operating as a hotel. Vacant half the week...

Short-term rental licenses could be suspended in council vote

AUSTIN (KXAN) Nov. 12, 2015 For those who live next door to a short-term rental, the concerns are very real. But many, like Mike Polston, who lives across from a Type 2 STR, would argue that everyone needs to be paying attention to these conversations because you...

City council votes to halt short-term rental licenses

AUSTIN — In an effort to halt a certain type of rental that neighbors deem “party houses,” the Austin City Council voted in the early hours of Friday morning to temporarily ban licenses for short-term rentals. “Type 2” short-term rentals...

Austin City Council votes for moratorium on new short-term rentals

By Lilly Rockwell – American-Statesman Staff Nov. 13, 2015 As part of a bigger crackdown on “party houses” in residential areas, the Austin City Council approved a moratorium on year-round short-term rental properties. The 10-1 vote early Friday only impacts...

Two City Council members back idea of Short Term Rental Task Force

Kylie McGivern KXAN November 5, 2015 … On Edgemont Drive in West Austin, you don’t have to look far to find push-back to Type 2 short term rentals. These are rentals that are not owner-occupied. “That really operates more as a hotel,” Palmer Quaroni said, who lives...

The Rise of Airbnbs Full-Time Landlords

November 10, 2015 Bloomberg Business “How Airbnb Makes Property Investors Rich Despite the Neighbors” by Prashant Gopal and Heather Perlberg Ryan Scott says traditional landlords are missing out. The real money is in Airbnb Inc. Scott, 33, figures he...

Planning Commission Recommends Suspending STR2 Licenses

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...

A New Worry For Homeowners: A Party House Next Door

AUSTIN, TEX. — The houses are often among the nicest on the block, or at least the biggest. They may be new construction where a smaller structure once stood, or an extensively renovated home with cheery paint in shades of yellow or blue. But then the telltale signs...

Austin Neighbors Fed Up With Animal House

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.

There Goes the Neighborhood Council digs into short-term rentals this week

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.

Committee forwards short-term rental changes to Council

Testimony stretched for more than four hours. Members of the City Council Planning and Neighborhoods Committee dug into the first public hearing Monday on more than a dozen recommendations made by Council Member Sheri Gallo about how the city should amend its...

Public Notice: While the Cats Were Away; Council has a lot on its plate after its vacation.

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.