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New Orleans council backs strong short-term rental limits

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans City Council members have unanimously backed a ban on “whole home” short-term vacation rentals in the city’s residential areas.

Thursday’s vote adopted amendments to earlier proposals limiting vacation rentals such as those arranged online by companies like Airbnb. A final vote is expected in the coming months, but the council made its intent clear with the 7-0 vote.

The regulations will still allow homeowners to rent out part of the residences they occupy to short-term visitors.

Some building owners and managers opposed the changes. But council members were swayed by complaints from residents who say short-term rental properties have driven permanent residents out of historic neighborhoods.

Still in the works are regulations for commercial districts that host larger-scale short-term rental operations.

Associated Press

Associated Press

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