Tag Archives: short term rentals

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…

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 by Jack Craver

Council pursues unusual process for STRs

The debate over short-term rentals isn’t over in Austin. Not even close. After approving a series of recommendations for future restrictions Tuesday, City Council delayed further action on its ongoing resolution until Oct. 8.While the goal of the resolution was…

Friday, September 18, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Council pondering new STR moratorium

Some call Type 2 short-term rentals miniature hotels in neighborhood homes, while others call them an honest way for residents to make money. Either way, they have become a major point of contention, and City Council is considering putting a…

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 by Jack Craver

Committee moves short-term rental discussion on to Council

Proposed regulations for short-term rentals will be on City Council’s agenda Thursday after a Council committee hearing displayed consensus from members and staff that the city needs to more strictly regulate the short-term rental market.The committee did not vote to…

Friday, August 21, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Minus occupancy limits, new STR rules approved

City Council Member Don Zimmerman and Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo have finally found something they can agree on: The city’s current regulations of short-term rentals and their enforcement are, as Zimmerman put it at Thursday’s Council meeting, “a train…

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Committee forwards short-term rental changes to Council

Testimony stretched for more than four hours.Members of the City Council Planning and Neighborhoods Committee dug into the first public hearing Monday on more than a dozen recommendations made by Council Member Sheri Gallo about how the city should amend…

Friday, August 14, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Council committee will consider “parallel” changes to short-term rental ordinance

City staff has been whittling down an assortment of 123 suggested changes to the city’s ordinance on short-term rentals. The result, sent in a memo on Thursday to Mayor Steve Adler and City Council members, is a list of 13…

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 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…

Thursday, June 11, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

New lawsuit adds to sour feelings in Swede Hill’s Patch House saga

The owners of a controversial house in East Austin’s Swede Hill neighborhood are taking their fight with the city to a Travis County district court.Last week, lawyers for Blake and Toria English filed a suit against the city 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…

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…

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