After casting their final vote on December 1, 2016, the New Orleans City Council has given approval to a landmark short term rental law. Enforcement of the law is set to start on April 1. Therefore, if you are renting out space during Jazz Fest or French Quarter Fest, you will need to have your permit by then in order to operate legally.
Heavy consequences Short Term Rental violations
Possible consequences of continuing to rent out space without a permit after April 1 include loss of electricity and daily fines. The new law also requires Airbnb and similar platforms to share monthly reports with the city of New Orleans about how often registered homeowners are renting out their properties.
“Ultimately, the big hammer we have is the ability to cut people’s electricity,” said Deputy Mayor Ryan Berni. Violations after April 1 could be punished with fines of up to $500 per day. The new law has also determined that short term rentals will be banned in most parts of the French Quarter, except for those around Bourbon Street.
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