The city of New Orleans has held a preliminary vote on short-term rentals in October 2016, and is now in the process of drafting the final legislation. Until Spring 2017, anyone who owns a home can register their property as a short-term rental.
Short-term rentals are now an official business model in New Orleans
With a licensed property, homeowners will be able to offer their short-term rental on websites such as Airbnb.com and VRBO.com. In January 2017, the city plans to reach out to homeowners across the city and inform them about licensing their home. The City Council has released a timeline suggesting to begin licensing short-term rentals in April 2017.
As of now, short-term rentals have been illegal, but unofficial counts estimate about 5,000 properties on listings sites. The legislation supports a practice that has expanded in recent years. The city has eventually recognized the economic benefits of home sharing. The new law will operate under two key categories: accessory rentals (homeowners who offer a room to short-term guests) and whole-home rentals (limited to 90 days a year).
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