New data from InsideAirbnb.com, which tracks listings on the short-term rental site in multiple cities, shows that Airbnbs in New Orleans are multiplying exponentially. Between June 2015, when the service started tracking New Orleans listings, and February, the amount of Airbnb rentals grew by 48 percent.
The data shows that there are about 4,000 Airbnbs in the city. About 72 percent of those are entire homes, and 42 percent of those rentals are from users with multiple listings.
More recently, April's data shows more than 4,030 properties listed on Airbnb, up 400 from February and a nearly 65 percent increase over last year’s numbers.
While most of the listings are concentrated in the French Quarter and surrounding areas including Marigny, 7th Ward, and Treme, more rentals are popping up in Broadmoor, the Irish Channel and other upriver areas.
Meanwhile, City Council is working on revising regulations about Airbnb and similar services, but that could take awhile. On a statewide level, a bill pending in the state Legislature would require short-term rentals to file plans with the Fire Marshall's office.
• Airbnb rentals in New Orleans growing at explosive rate, data shows [The Advocate]
• A City Council Vote on Short-Term Rentals Could Still Be Months Away [Curbed NOLA]
• Proposed Bill Would Require State Registration, Inspections For Short-Term Rentals [Curbed NOLA]