(This petition applies only to type-2 commercial short-term rentals. We support type-1 owner-occupied short-term rentals.)
On August 2, the City Council will vote on a short-term rentals ordinance that will allow and encourage investors to buy single-family houses all over Austin (like yours and your neighbors’) and turn them into commercial short-term rentals. That means you might live next door to a motel and have several on your street. We have to fight back to stop this.
Commercial short-term rentals (CSTRs) are houses in your neighborhood right now. They are advertised online, and are rented out just like a motel. Except there’s no onsite management. No criminal background checks either. No fire or safety measures. No parking limits. No regulation against large events or gatherings. No concern for your nice, quiet neighborhood. If you do not act immediately and urge your neighbors to act immediately, investors will buy homes all over Austin and convert them into thriving lodging businesses with customers coming and going at all hours. They will not be your neighbors. They will be here today and gone tomorrow, and threaten the stability of your neighborhood.
It gets worse. If this happens all over Austin, the number of houses available for residents in inner-city neighborhoods will decrease, making homes less affordable. And if fewer families live in neighborhoods, schools will close. This is not fear mongering. It’s a fact.
Take action now or else. If you don’t act now, you will lose your neighborhood stability. The sense of community and security will be gone once different sets of strangers are sleeping next door all the time, holding parties at all hours, and disrupting your neighborhood. Get your neighbors to sign the petition. Everyone must write or call the City Council and come to the August 2 City Council meeting to stop this.
Tell Mayor Lee Leffingwell, and Council Members Bill Spelman, Chris Riley, Sheryl Cole, and Mike Martinez to change their votes and vote against CSTRs in our neighborhoods. Council Members Laura Morrison and Kathie Tovo voted against CSTRs. Please thank them for their support!
Mayor Lee Leffingwell 512-974-2250 email@example.com
Member Sheryl Cole 512-974-2266 firstname.lastname@example.org
Member Bill Spelman 512-974-2256 email@example.com
Member Chris Riley 512-974-2260 firstname.lastname@example.org
Member Mike Martinez 512-974-2264 email@example.com
Member Kathie Tovo 512-974-2255 firstname.lastname@example.org
Member Laura Morrison 512-974-2258 email@example.com
Information about CSTRs available at the following links:
http://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2012-06-22/there-goes-the-neighborhood/ http://www.austinchronicle.com/postmarks/2012-06-12/1338193/ http://www.statesman.com/opinion/morrison-tovo-reconsider-short-term-rental-vote-2405543.html http://www.statesman.com/opinion/commercial-short-term-rentals-are-illegal-here-and-2405450.html http://www.austinchronicle.com/postmarks/2012-07-02/1343647/