Short-Term Rentals - an Overview

Below is a summary of the information presented at the event we co-hosted with the Faubourg Marigny Improvement Association on Tuesday evening.  We hope that you will find it a useful resource on the topic of short-term rentals, both legal and illegal.  Please contact us with any questions or ideas, or if you'd like to work on this issue.  And as we've noted, this information is intended as a guide, and not as a substitute for legal advice or approval from the city.

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Informational Session on Illegal Short-Term Rentals

Faubourg Marigny Improvement Association
Vieux Carre café Property Owners, Residents and Associates

present an

Informational Session on
Illegal Short-Term Rentals

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
7:00 p.m.
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
2624 Burgundy Street

Companies like and Airbnb have made it easier than ever to rent out properties short-term. Add to that our expanding local tourism industry, and it’s easy to understand why a practice once confined primarily to the French Quarter has now spread across the New Orleans. Neighborhoods such as Mid-City, Faubourg St. John, Carrollton, Uptown, and beyond are seeing a surge in the number of such rentals. The problem is that, in most cases and in most residential areas, the practice isn't legal.

The benefit for owners is clear: renting out apartments, condominiums and homes can be very lucrative. The downsides mainly fall on the neighbors, and can include inflated housing costs; replacement of full-time neighbors by an ever-changing stream of visitors; parking, noise, and trash; and more.

For all these reasons, several cities have already enacted legislation to regulate short-term rentals. Paris, Berlin, New York, and Austin, to name but a few, all have rules which address varying aspects including minimum lengths of stay, insurance, taxing, code requirements, and zoning. San Francisco has recently introduced what would likely be the toughest regulations in the nation.

At this informational session, we’ll discuss:

- What is a short-term rental?
- How can you operate a short-term rental legally?
- What are the negative effects of illegal short-term rentals?
- What can you do if you’re being affected by an illegal short-term rental?

The event is free and open to everyone.

For further information, contact:

Miles Swanson
President, Faubourg Marigny Improvement Association

Meg Lousteau
Executive Director, VCPORA