Statement From Kristin Gisleson Palmer On Short-Term Rentals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW ORLEANS—Kristin Gisleson Palmer issued the following statement on short-term rentals in New Orleans:

“Like many residents and neighborhood groups in my district, I have been troubled by the rapid expansion of short-term rentals (STRs) throughout the city. New Orleans currently bans STRs in the French Quarter, a policy that I will continue to support. However, while this has been good for the French Quarter, surrounding neighborhoods like Marigny, Bywater, St. Roch, and Treme are now under even more pressure. Residents of these and many other neighborhoods complain of feeling like they live in hotels, businesses struggle to stay open as their local customer bases erode, and more and more families are having a harder time finding affordable housing. The exodus of permanent neighbors means opportunities for crime to flourish. The housing supply, both for buyers and for renters, shrinks as more and more housing units are turned into de facto hotels. Furthermore, remaining residents are now being subject to exorbitant rises in property assessments and taxes.

“A ‘one-size-fits-all’ policy is impractical for the diverse neighborhoods of New Orleans. We must improve existing regulations to protect New Orlean’s long-term housing stock while still providing a means for responsible homeowners to earn meaningful supplemental income to help make ends meet.

“I’m in favor of neighborhoods self-determining the limits of STRs, and capping and regulating whole-house rentals the same as existing commercial corridors. I will work to ensure that homestead exemptions be required for all temporary whole-house rentals in residential zones. Whole-house rentals should be treated as commercial endeavors and follow the zoning and tax laws as such. I will work with civic and community groups to amend the city’s STRs ordinance to reflect these positions.”

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Press ReleaseAndrea Dube