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Short Term Rentals

In 2017, the New Orleans City Council began regulating STRs by requiring platforms like Airbnb to share operator data - and, for Airbnb exclusively, to contribute to affordable housing funds - and by requiring STR operators to obtain one of three City licenses. JPNSI assessed the implementation of the City’s STR regulatory measures a year after their adoption through data collected from the City’s publicly available permit database, reports on monthly usage from STR platforms, and scrapes of Airbnb listings available online through Inside Airbnb. JPNSI finds that the City’s approach to STR regulation accelerates gentrification and the displacement of residents by permitting the limitless removal of homes from the housing market for conversion into STRs and ignoring the inflation of overall housing costs to which STRs contribute. 

Thousands of homes have been removed from the rental housing market, primarily in historically Black neighborhoods, to accommodate tourists and housing costs have increased as supply decreases and as sales prices factor in the potential return from renting to tourists. 

The Numbers

*As of March 6th, 2018. 

Report Findings

Our STR Ordinance: Rest

Why does New Orleans need to reform its STR regulations?​​​
The short-term rental policy that was ratified by City Council in 2016 prioritizes tourists over the New Orleanians who make our city run. The few restrictions it does include to protect residents have no teeth and are easily circumvented. Across the city, but especially in the historically Black neighborhoods that birthed many of our  unique cultural traditions, housing costs for both renters and homeowners are soaring as short-term rentals decrease the supply and distort property values. Speculators and investors are threatening the future of our city. We need a new policy that protects our culture and puts New Orleans residents first.

The REST Ordinance Makes 4 Key Changes to STR Laws

Commercial STRs in the Central Business District should be treated differently.

Large out-of-state corporations have scooped up hundreds of apartments in the CBD and converted them into full-time STRs. JPNSI, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, and HousingNOLA recommend that STR operators in the CBD be required to also provide affordable housing. This could be done one of two ways:

  1. One-to-One Match with a Cap: Allow STR permits up to a cap of a certain percentage of the building’s total units (15%, 20%, 30%), but only if the building also holds a matching number of units affordable at 60% AMI.
  2. One-to-Two Match with no Cap: Allow an unlimited number of STR permits per building, but only if the building also provides two units of housing affordable at 60% AMI for every one STR permit.

Tying commercial STR permits to affordable housing would bring hundreds of apartments online at rates that would be affordable to hospitality workers, teachers, nurses, first responders, and many others. This would create opportunities for New Orleanians to live close to all of the amenities clustered in the CBD and French Quarter, from jobs to transportation to healthcare to recreational activities. Residents deserve to partake in all New Orleans has to offer- we should not turn over the entire CBD to corporations catering to tourists who can afford to pay top dollar.

REST Coalition

The following organizations and businesses have joined the REST Coalition and support the ordinance

Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, Step Up Louisiana, RIDE New Orleans, the Anti-Gentrification Action Group, Puentes, Central City Renaissance Alliance, Crescent City Community Land Trust, Tulane/Canal Neighborhood Development Corporation, First Grace Community Alliance/Hagar's House, VOTE, Broad Community Connections, Women with a Vision, 12 Mile Limit, Dashing Cycles

Interested in Joining the Coalition? Please Contact JPNSI here.​

Short Term Rentals, Long Term Impacts book cover.

2018 Report on STRs

Short-Term Rentals, Long-Term Impacts: The Corrosion of Housing Access and Affordability in New Orleans exposes the ways in which short-term rentals (STRs) exacerbate New Orleans’ housing crisis and provides recommendations to elected officials, leaders in the cultural sector, and individual residents to mitigate the negative impacts of STRs. Read the report here

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