A MESSAGE FROM THE ALLANDALE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION - SHORT TERM RENTAL COMMITTEE:
Two neighbors in Allandale hired an attorney to represent them in District Court to attempt to have the 2011 BOA decision enforced; attorney fees for the BOA case approximated $8k and the fees for the District Court case reached $16k. To date, others have contributed approximately $3k to offset these costs.
We wish to further appeal to all fellow PAN members to give us a hand here and either donate funds to us to help reduce this bill or suggest avenues we all might take to reduce this bill. All suggestions and actions are greatly appreciated.
STATUS OF SHORT TERM RENTALS IN AUSTIN
THE END OF RESIDENTIAL ZONING (AS DEFINED BY THE STATE OF TEXAS)
The five members of the Council who voted to allow short term rentals in June of 2012 refused to accept any ameliorative amendments (during the 2nd and 3rd reading). If anything, they loosened the STR regulations further.
They rejected all of Planning Commission recommended safeguards and substantive amendments proposed by Kathie Tovo and Laura Morrison.
They cleared up confusion in the ordinance to confirm that apartments and other multifamily are eligible for Short Term Rentals with no cap. The fact that apartments are 97% full at this time, and that lower income residents depend on them, did not of concern the five city council members pushing this ordinance through ASAP.
Council Member Riley collected a wish list from HomeAway, CSTR owners, and the Austin Board Of Realtors and made it law.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE INVOLVED!