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Residents hold ‘no short-term rentals’ demonstration

Residents voice neighborhood concerns at City Hall before October 6 vote

Some New Orleanians are tired of short-term rentals and all that jazz. On Tuesday, September 27, 2016, a group of Marigny, Bywater, St. Roch and Lower Garden District residents protested whole-home short-term rentals in New Orleans. The demonstration convened as a jazz funeral parade that circled along City Hall.

Brian Luckett, a Neighbors First for Bywater members, opposed short term rentals during the demonstration.

“If you want to rent out a room in your home or rent out your home when you’re on vacation, that’s fine,’ Luckett said. “The problem is when you’re renting out whole houses with nobody present. It takes housing off of the market for full time New Orleanians, and it creates problems for the neighbors because they never know why they’re next door.

Luckett said the New Orleans City Planning Commission made progress during last August, regulating whole-home rentals. However, Luckett urges the New Orleans City Planning Commission to create more regulation to secure homes for New Orleans service workers and other residents.

The New Orleans City Planning Commission limited short term Rentals in New Orleans to 30 days out of the year, excluding commercial zones.

The CPC will vote on additional regulations on Oct. 6, 2016.