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Tag Archives: short term rentals

Friday, August 18, 2017 by Lisa Dreher

Taxes from unregistered short-term rentals sit unused

Millions of dollars in tax revenue from unregistered short-term rental properties sits unused because the city cannot collect it, according to Visitor Impact Task Force Chair James Russell.In 2016, City Council passed an ordinance to phase out Type 2 short-term…

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Regulation Vacation: City collects taxes from unlawful Airbnbs

Becca Dobberfuhl has a name for her Bouldin Creek home.“It’s all this rusty, rusty, rusty color,” she said. “And the house is a modern house and it has a box-like look to it so we call it the ‘Rusty Box.’”Users…

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, April 7, 2017 by Jack Craver

Code Department proposes higher fines for violations

Code violators will pay bigger fines for a number of offenses under a new ordinance that City Council is poised to approve.Under the proposed ordinance drafted by the Code Department, the minimum fine for a first offense related to property…

Thursday, March 16, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Mayor, Troxclair check in at the Capitol to talk short-term rentals

Mayor Steve Adler and City Council Member Ellen Troxclair took their disagreement over the city’s short-term rental regulations to the Texas Capitol on Tuesday evening.Both testified before the Senate Committee on Business & Commerce on Senate Bill 451, a measure…

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…

Thursday, October 6, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Homeowners sue over neighbors’ rowdy parties

Tormented by loud, amplified music that lasted all night, drunken partygoers trespassing onto their property, cars blocking their driveway and “a parade of people coming to their door late at night ‘looking for the party,’” East Austin homeowners Christian Hartnett…

Friday, July 22, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Austin homeowners, hotel industry spar over city’s STR ordinance

The city of Austin is facing legal action over its rules governing short-term rentals. But some in the hospitality industry say those rentals should have to play by the same rules as hotels. Short-term rental supporters and critics sparred over…

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

City faces lawsuit over short-term rental ordinance

A group of homeowners and renters are suing the city of Austin over its effort to regulate short-term rental units, or STRs, like those you’d find on sites such as Airbnb or HomeAway.The suit claims several problems with the city’s STR…

Thursday, April 14, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Ethics complaint against CM Renteria delayed

Did City Council Member Pio Renteria violate city code by participating in recent revisions to the Short Term Rental Ordinance? That question will be left for another day, after a Wednesday night ruling that the complaint filed by Thomas Clark…

Thursday, March 17, 2016 by Jack Craver

Ethics complaint filed against Council Member Renteria

The owner of a short-term rental business has filed an ethics complaint against City Council Member Pio Renteria, alleging that he violated city conflict-of-interest rules by pushing for an ordinance approved last month that will eventually phase out short-term rental…

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Is Austin still tech-friendly?

“Austin has spent decades building a reputation as an innovative city, but our new City Council’s confusion about (the) issue is destroying our reputation and driving away investment capital,” according to Capital Factory Executive Director Joshua Baer.In the Medium post,…

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 by Eva Ruth Moravec

Council adopts new regulations for short-term rentals

City Council on Tuesday passed, on a 9-2 vote, new regulations governing short-term rentals that aren’t owner-occupied. Council also adopted plans to phase out all of the so-called STR Type 2 properties in residential zones by 2022.Council members Ellen Troxclair…

Monday, February 22, 2016 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: STRs forever (and ever)

Airbnb talks SXSW… Once again, short-term rentals are coming back to City Council. With a phase-out of Type 2 short-term rentals still on the table, the industry’s biggest players are working to let Austinites know the value they bring to…

Thursday, February 18, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

HomeAway launches effort to keep short-term rentals “Neighborly”

Now that the ride-hailing debate is in the hands of voters, City Council is set to return to another favorite time consumer: short-term rentals. And, although it has kept a relatively low profile to date, HomeAway held a press conference…

Thursday, December 31, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

2015: An Austin Monitor review

In 2015 the shift to single-member districts was finally realized, leading to big changes at City Hall. Now, almost a year later, the Austin Monitor is taking a look back at the past 12 months from our admittedly selective point…

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Planning Commission weighs in on STR regs

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. Eventually, that suggestion gave way…

Monday, November 30, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: Concrete endures

Happy Birthday, Shudde!… There wasn’t much going on at the last meeting of the Zoning and Platting Commission on Tuesday, Nov. 17. It took the panel only 15 minutes to approve the consent agenda, postpone a couple of items and…

Thursday, October 29, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

STR moratorium headed back to Council

Though the city continues to untangle City Council’s myriad proposed amendments to the Short Term Rental Ordinance, a proposed ordinance placing a moratorium on commercial short-term rentals sailed through the Planning Commission on Tuesday night.If approved by Council, the ordinance…

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…

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