Tag Archives: short term rentals

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…

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…

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