Tag Archives: Austin Code

Monday, November 23, 2020 by Miriam E Jewell

City departments team up to fight human trafficking

Local officials continue to emphasize that human trafficking has no place in Austin, where the crime is officially recognized by the city as a “human rights concern impacting Austin residents, businesses and communities.” In a recent memorandum, the city laid…

Thursday, October 22, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Audit and Finance considers Code Department’s present, with an eye toward the future

When City Council members voted to reduce the Austin Police Department budget, they promised to reassign some duties police have previously handled, but it was not clear which departments would take up those burdens. However, at least some Council members were…

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Audit: Austin Code employee abused his position

After receiving an anonymous tip, investigators with the Office of the City Auditor discovered that a hiring manager in Austin Code’s finance division was using his position to try to advance a romantic relationship based on a promise to hire…

Thursday, September 24, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy

Audit calls Austin’s ‘bad landlord’ program ineffective, says it doesn’t ensure safe housing

A city program intended to make sure landlords maintain safe apartments is failing to do its job, a new audit finds. The report released Wednesday by the Office of the City Auditor looks at the Repeat Offender Program within the…

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Public Safety budget discussion wrestles with demands to defund APD

Chief Financial Officer Ed Van Eenoo gave the Public Safety Committee a public safety budget overview at its meeting on Monday. Much of the discussion centered around the Austin Police Department budget. Community members and some City Council members have…

Monday, July 6, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

City issues first notices of intent to suspend in Repeat Offender Program

The city announced last week its first notices of intent to suspend in the Repeat Offender Program, which is designed to ensure that property owners or their agents keep their properties in compliance with Austin city code. The two properties…

Thursday, February 13, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy

Austin landlords repeatedly cited for health and safety violations could get right to rent revoked

José Pérez and his family were afraid of their stove. It caught on fire when they tried to cook, so the family bought prepared food. They had other problems in their apartment, too: The air conditioning went out for a…

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.…

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 documents Legal 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…

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…

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…

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…

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