Notices

Short term rentals in NOLA? Legal or not?

Old Jun 25th, 2012, 03:49 AM
  #21  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 2,886
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Here's another article with more information:

http://www.nola.com/politics/index.s...rleans_to.html
Bowsprit is offline  
Old Jun 25th, 2012, 03:51 AM
  #22  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 2,518
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Bow - I think the rental caze sent the link for is the one I remember on the river. Looking at it again, though, and bearing in mind the laws affecting short-term rentals, I'd be surprised if it were within the law.

I think the block of rooms at the Monteleone will work great!
SusanCS is offline  
Old Jun 25th, 2012, 04:00 AM
  #23  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 2,886
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
SusanCS: I agree. They've abandoned the idea of anything other than a legitimate B&B (easily identified, actually) or a hotel.

Thanks, everyone, for your help.
Bowsprit is offline  
Old Jun 25th, 2012, 04:05 AM
  #24  
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 74,146
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Thanks for the link. It's a interesting read. So, there's a law on the books but no interest in enforcing it. Interesting.

The French Quarter community leaders said that since Landrieu took office in May, they've appealed to his intergovernmental affairs director, Mike Sherman, and others for increased discipline against illegal short-term rental owners but haven't gotten a substantive response.

"There has been an assiduous effort to get the city to do what it's supposed to do, and we've never seen any action," Lousteau said. "And the rentals have just mushroomed."

City plans to act

Chief Administrative Officer Andy Kopplin acknowledged that community leaders raised the issue early in the new mayor's term, but "we had a lot of pressing priorities that we were focusing on, and we didn't want to focus on this one just yet."

The administration now is prepared to "do a deeper dive," Kopplin said, though he said officials are unlikely to devote significant resources to cracking down on ordinary residents who rent out their homes during major tourist events, such as Jazz Fest.

I like the Hermann House rooms too much at the Dauphine Orleans to stay elsewhere, but it sounds like NOLA officials aren't too concerned about the VRBO rentals.
starrs is offline  
Old Jun 25th, 2012, 04:21 AM
  #25  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 2,886
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
It doesn't sound like NOLA officials aren't interested about the VRBO rentals at all. It's a tough law to enforce but once the visitor knows about local lawa and ordinances, there's no reason not to comply.
Bowsprit is offline  
Old Jun 25th, 2012, 04:24 AM
  #26  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 2,886
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
*laws, not lawa..
Bowsprit is offline  
Old Jun 25th, 2012, 04:33 AM
  #27  
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 74,146
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
For interesting reading, here's Frommer's take on NYC's change in law - http://www.frommers.com/articles/6912.html
starrs is offline  
Old Jun 25th, 2012, 04:40 AM
  #28  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 2,886
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
You should post that on the New York Forum.
Bowsprit is offline  
Old Jun 25th, 2012, 04:43 AM
  #29  
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 74,146
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Thanks for the advice.
starrs is offline  
Old Jun 25th, 2012, 04:53 AM
  #30  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 2,886
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
yeah ok.
Bowsprit is offline  
Old Jul 3rd, 2012, 09:21 AM
  #31  
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 15
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Just to clarify...there are laws that apply to short-term rentals in New Orleans.

It is unlawful to rent any "dwelling unit" (i.e. any house or part of a house, apartment, condo, room etc...) for less than 30 days, or less than 60 days in the French Quarter. These laws have existed in the City's Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance for a very long time. Licensed short-term rentals (Hotels, Motels, B&B's) are an exception. There is no such thing as a legal short-term rental in NOLA that is not licensed by the City. Any property that has three or more rental units is required to collect and remit the City's Occupancy tax ($0.50 per-night), and any property with six or more rooms is required to collect and remit the City & State hotel/motel tax (13%).

A recent attempt to get the City Council to relax these laws was solidly opposed by the City Planning Commission, and has gotten nowhere with the Council, AFAIK.

About seven or eight years ago there was an Ordinance passed by the City Council that made it unlawful to even OFFER to rent an unlicensed short-term rental. This law was supposed to make it easier to take enforcement action, since the City did not have to prove money changed hands...instead the act of advertising an illegal rental was a violation itself.

Of course, the existence of these laws doesn't prevent the activity. Keep in mind that nearly every rental you see offered on VRBO, Airbnb, Flipkey, etc... are illegal. Enforcement has been nearly non-existent for so long that most are not even aware that the laws exist.

If you are interested in a legal short-term rental, the City publishes a list of licensed establishments...

http://www.nola.gov/VISITORS/Legal-Short-Term-Rentals/
(click on the neighborhood on the left of the page. The list is organized alphabetically by STREET NAME...confusing)

Most of the properties on this list are hotels and B&B's. B&B owners are legally required to live on the property. So, there's really no LEGAL way in the NOLA Zoning Ordinance to have a stand-alone, unattended short-term vacation rental like an apartment or condo. Of course, since enforcement of the law is nearly nil, it's done all the time.

Keep in mind that such illegal rentals come with risks. There are a lot of scammers out there that create fake rentals and collect deposits. The tourists show up only to find out the the rental doesn't exist and the money is gone. Also, even if the rental is real, the building is not subject to fire and other safety requirements, the owner's insurance is not going to pay for losses that occur in connection with the illegal rental activity, and the owner is obviously not paying lodging taxes.
NO_Native is offline  
Old Jul 3rd, 2012, 11:17 AM
  #32  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 2,886
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
NO_Native: Thanks so much for this very helpful information.

Nobody I travel with is interested in venturing into an illegal rental situation.

Legitimate hotel rooms will be booked.
Bowsprit is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
StantonHyde
United States
9
Jul 28th, 2015 02:32 PM
gawr0008
United States
12
Jan 23rd, 2014 02:21 AM
1lowbrookes7
United States
5
Jan 7th, 2010 03:33 PM
austinite
United States
4
Jul 22nd, 2003 11:23 AM
Caroline
United States
9
Jul 10th, 2002 03:03 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

FODOR'S VIDEO