Austin, Texas City Council: Don't Allow Commercial Short-Term Rentals in Neighborhoods!

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Mike Marcom
9 years ago
Owner-occupiers should be able to do short term (a few days or weeks) rentals for special events. Commercial ventures will devalue neighborhoods due to lack of maintenance and no investment in the long term character of the neighborhoods.

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MARC ALLEN CONNELLY
9 years ago
TO PROTECT THE INTEGRITY OF MY NEIGHBORHOOD

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Eileen Nehme
9 years ago
Let's address the demand for this type of hotel experience in another way. We can be creative here in Austin and come up with a solution that is not at the expense of residents. Build homey hotels in mixed use areas like south Lamar where visitors can still experience the residential areas without taking away an actual neighborhood residence,for which demand is already too h. We can come up with something that works better for Austin!

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LEWIS LEIBOVICH
9 years ago
In addition to the destruction of the residential quality of neighborhoods by allowing the disruptive equivalent of motels/hotels in non-commercial residential areas, this would also allow a permanent "Open Season" for registered sex offenders.
Just rent a house in a residential neighborhood, say a block or two away from a school or playground. Who's going to know your there on holiday from the requirement imposed by your state (wheverever that may be)


No requirement for screening renters against sex offender databases in Texas or anywhere. Allows offenders to rent houses very close to schools, playgrounds, and parks which wouldn't be allowed otherwise. If offenders aren't yet savvy to this yet, they will soon realize an easy way around their current restrictions. Imagine the headlines, excuses and the then too-late attempts to roll this all back by current city council members. For the owners of these commercial properties, whatever excuses they might give would, unless they are really sociopathic themselves, the lifelong guilt would never be worth the monetary gain

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Richard Mountain
9 years ago
Because commercial STRs don't meet the single-family use definition.

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glenda embree
9 years ago
It is not wise to sacrifice the wellbeing of local neighborhoods for the economic profit of individuals who have no interest in the community other than financial.

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richard roberts
9 years ago
neighborhoods are zoned which do not include commercial properties. we have fought hard to protect the integrity of our neighborhoods from commercial invasion and see the cstr's as an end run to avoid zoning compliance.

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Melissa Hardie
9 years ago
As a concerned citizen and homeowner, commercial STR's should not be treated like other commercial property. It should only be allowed in properly zoned/designated areas and I even think we should go a step further and get neighborhood approval.

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Ken Hanson
9 years ago
I have already experienced the negative effects of year-round commercial short-term rentals in my immediate neighborhood. The main house no longer seems to be owner-occupied (the owners have moved into a small cottage at the back of the property).

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James Lloyd
9 years ago
As a landlord, I know what rentals can do to a neighborhood.