Tag Archives: short term rentals

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 by Matt Largey

State appeals court strikes down Austin rules on short-term rentals

A state appeals court has declared some elements of Austin’s rules governing short-term rentals unconstitutional, including provisions banning non-owner-occupied rentals and occupancy limits.In 2016, the City Council passed sweeping new regulations of short-term rentals, like those you find through Airbnb…

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Tourism Commission wants agreement between city, short-term rental companies

The Tourism Commission has asked City Council to change its long-held stance toward short-term rental platforms like Airbnb in favor of an agreement that would earn the city millions of dollars in new Hotel Occupancy Tax revenue each year.At Monday’s…

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 1, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Short-term rental conference examines taxes, nuisances, compliance

Leaders of the national travel and lodging industry and local government officials involved in the evolving short-term rental economy will convene in Austin next month for what is believed to be the first-ever conference devoted to the issue.City regulators, property…

Friday, May 31, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Texas lawmakers tried to take the reins from cities this session. The results were mixed.

For the last handful of legislative sessions, the Texas Legislature has had it in for Austin and other cities.GOP lawmakers who regularly thumb their noses at “big government”-minded efforts in D.C. have filed bills targeting city laws regulating everything from…

Monday, April 22, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Tourism Commission asks Council to pursue hotel tax collection on STRs

The Tourism Commission wants City Council to revisit and possibly make changes to its ordinance covering short-term rentals, with the goal of increasing the amount of Hotel Occupancy Tax coming into city coffers.The commission voted unanimously at this month’s meeting…

Friday, April 5, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Austin defends its short-term rental rules before Texas lawmakers

Austin’s rules on short-term rental units – advertised on apps and sites like Airbnb and HomeAway – are under fire at the Texas Capitol. House lawmakers heard testimony Thursday on a bill that would override the city’s ban on properties…

Friday, March 29, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Here are 3 ways state lawmakers could disrupt (or shore up) short-term rentals in Texas this session

For years, short-term rentals – the rooms, cottages, condos and homes on apps like Airbnb and HomeAway – have been the subject of lawsuits and hand-wringing on the part of regulators and people looking to rent out properties.Texas lawmakers haven’t…

Friday, August 24, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

As hotels and short-term rentals grow, a look at their impact on Austin

With Austin on pace to have more than 13,000 hotel rooms in the downtown core by 2020 – nearly double the number of rooms in 2014 – the construction of new chain and boutique hotels continues to have an impact…

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…

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