Tag Archives: Austin Code

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

City finds almost 7,000 unregistered short-term rentals, with enforcement on the way

A vendor hired by the city to determine the number of short-term rental properties active on platforms such as Airbnb and VRBO told the Austin Monitor there are close to 11,000 operators, with less than a quarter of them licensed…

Monday, July 9, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: History lessons

Fighting for your government seems to run in families… With Independence Day looming on the horizon, not much was happening at the July 3 Zoning and Platting Commission meeting. In the spirit of patriotism, and to make everyone’s journey to…

Monday, April 16, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Collective concerns

No need to bug out… Word hit the street recently that the city was considering a rule that would require all homes to install insect screens. “Proposal would require homeowners to install insect screens,” said a KXAN headline. Buried near…

Thursday, August 3, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Former Code director’s delay put STR renewals in limbo

The former Code Department Director Carl Smart’s decision to pause judgment of several appeals from Type 2 short-term rental owners became clear over the course of the July 26 meeting of the Building and Standards Commission, over a year after…

Friday, March 10, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Short-term rentals under scrutiny as SXSW kicks off

The Austin Code Department has started its annual tradition of stepped-up monitoring and enforcement of regulations covering short-term rental businesses, the official policy name for homeowners who rent out extra rooms to tourists visiting for the South by Southwest festival.The…

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

East Austin theater at the center of code dispute

The Austin Code Department is responsible for making sure land is used for its intended purpose. So what happens when land-use rules are broken? One East Austin theater at the center of a code dispute is finding out the answer…

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

City contract hopes to protect tenants who speak up

Black mold and a stack of documentsLegal notices and lease copies blanketed a plush beige couch in a North Austin apartment. Rebekah Jara rummaged through the papers. Lawyers had urged her and her fiancé, Juan Aranda, to keep copies of…

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Viral news proves a mixed bag for Great Outdoors

Tom Tinguely, owner of the Great Outdoors nursery on South Congress, wants everyone to know that he is working through issues with the city’s Development Services and Code departments and that the business is fully operational.That’s important, because when the…

Monday, April 11, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Code Department slammed (again) in city audit

The department charged with policing overgrown grass, short-term rentals and illegally discarded junk fails to follow a consistent protocol for overseeing violations and does not enforce violations with equal fervor on city-owned property, reads a report from the Office of…

Friday, March 25, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Nursery owner fears city will force closure

The website for the Dawson Neighborhood Group warns in bold letters, “Dawson Neighborhood Poised to Lose Another Beloved Business! Help the Great Outdoors!” The site urges readers to contact the offices of Mayor Steve Adler and City Council Member Pio…

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Code says STR licenses are a strain on staff

Short-term rentals such as those listed on Airbnb and HomeAway are a hot-button issue in Austin, and the city is at work trying to fix the problems that residents have drawn attention to in the past several months. Austin Code…

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Code budget talk quickly turns to STRs

City Council managed to tear through budget presentations for seven city departments yesterday. Of those, the Code Department seemed to bear the lion’s share of scrutiny, with the promise of more to come.“It wouldn’t surprise me at all if this…

Monday, July 27, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Report: Dangerous rental properties threaten tenants, city efforts remain “inadequate”

The city of Austin is failing to identify unsafe rental properties, failing to effectively monitor properties with repeated code violations and lacks the enforcement mechanisms needed to quickly address dangerous conditions at repeat offender properties.Those are the conclusions of a…

Monday, July 13, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Code working weekends on STR problems

Members of Austin’s Code Compliance Department are working overtime on weekends trying to deal with complaints about short-term rental properties that are making life unpleasant for people in surrounding neighborhoods.However, a memo from department Director Carl Smart shows a great…

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

City to temporarily strengthen STR enforcement

This month, the city will launch a pilot program for enhanced code enforcement for short-term rentals. The stepped-up enforcement is a response to increased complaints about short-term rentals and growing concerns about their regulation.During the pilot program, members of Austin…

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Neighbors lose fight against metal building

There was sympathy on the dais, but last week District 10 residents lost a City Council appeal against a building constructed without a permit.Though some Council members openly expressed regret about the decision, they voted 6-3-1 to deny the appeal. Council…

Friday, March 27, 2015 by Sunny Sone

Police to enforce noise ordinance during RoundUp

The Austin Police Department says it will enforce the city’s noise ordinance in the West Campus area during the University of Texas RoundUp festivities, scheduled for this weekend. RoundUp is a nationally known weekend of parties and live performances put…

Thursday, March 5, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Zimmerman: Fine Code Compliance for losing case

City Council Member Don Zimmerman has proposed a unique punishment for the city’s Code Compliance Department when it loses a case in Municipal Court: It will have to pay.Zimmerman, who has made no secret of his disdain for the department’s…

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Audit finds short-term rental enforcement lacking

Members of the Council Audit and Finance Committee learned Monday that, though the city has had success in bringing illegal short-term rentals into compliance, those that do not come into compliance are falling through the cracks.On a positive note, a…

Thursday, November 20, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

City looks to improve rental registration program

As part of an ongoing effort to beef up how the city addresses problem rental properties, City Council will consider whether to amend its rental registration program today. So far, the program has managed to capture only a handful of…

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