NEW ORLEANS - On December 1, New Orleans continued its efforts to accomplish what no city in America has managed to accomplish: effectively regulating short-term rentals. The compromise legislation, which passed on a 5-2 vote, creates important limitations on short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods and provides crucial enforcement mechanisms. The combination of regulations and enforcement are an attempt to stem the flood of unregulated short-term rentals.
The process that culminated Thursday began in August 2015 when the City Council adopted a motion directing the City Planning Commission to study the regulation of short-term rentals. Since that time there has been an extensive public process and multiple public meetings to allow input from all residents and stakeholders.
In support of the legislation, District "C" Councilmember Nadine Ramsey said, "If this legislation is not passed, there will be increased proliferation of short-term rentals in New Orleans. I'd like to see this as an opportunity to preserve our neighborhoods and culture. I will continue to work vigorously for the enforcement of short-term rentals through these new regulations. This issue is worldwide, so we need to look at what other cities are doing while remaining sensitive to the concerns of those on both sides of the issue. I want to express my gratitude to the members of the community for their participation in this discussion."