Lafayette’s first set of local rules for short-term rentals starts the clock on a momentous shift in how Airbnbs and the like will be allowed to operate in the city.
Tax revenues are up for the City and Parish councils this year, and a vote is set for the city’s first short-term rental rules.
Lafayette’s City Council will vote on the city’s first rules for short-term rentals and look at reviving a $9.5 million plan to move City Court.
The push to adopt new rules for short-term rentals has some Lafayette neighborhoods concerned about the fallout of a plan that threatens to shift the operations to lower-income parts of the city.
Short-term rental owners again pressed the council appoint a task force to discuss the matter and develop regulations that would address problems and concerns while not outlawing short-term rentals in residential areas.
Source: The Advocate
Figures on how many short-term rentals there are in Lafayette are hard to come by. Here’s what we know.
Dozens of short-term rental operators are opposed to a pair of plans before the City Council that they say could put them out of business.
Requiring short-term rentals to register with the city is a likely compromise, but operators and opponents remain divided on restrictions like conditional permitting.