City Cites Homeowner After Tenants Rent Room on Airbnb
The message is becoming clear: Run an illegal short-term rental out of your home, and the City of New Orleans will try and shut it down.
Many owners are hearing from the city about using the controversial website Airbnb for short-term rentals. The problem is, it’s not the owners renting the room – it’s the tenants.
The website allows people to rent out rooms in their homes without a license and skip out on paying taxes to the city, which is a violation of a city ordinance.
During Mardi Gras, an owner had agreed to let her tenants rent a room, she claimed that was before she knew what Airbnb was, and it was supposed to be a one-time thing. By the end of the month, this particular room had been rented out 19 days out of 30. At the $75 rate posted online, the tenants are able to pay rent and pocket the rest.
It seems this year, inspectors are stepping up their enforcement. Inspectors have issued 46 violations this year compared to 36 last year. City inspectors must get multiple complaints about a property before they can issue a violation. The city’s enforcement looks at the property owner as the responsible party. This situation leaves homeowners in a difficult position.
Owners are complying by paying taxes and having insurance, and those things are in jeopardy because tenants are deciding to do what they want to do with property that is not theirs.
Posted: Apr 24, 2015 8:53 PM MDT
Written by: Ryan Naquin, Reporter