If you are a vacation rental owner or operator in New Orleans, your right-to-rent is at stake. Vacation rentals represent an important part of the city’s tourism economy and embody the spirit of southern hospitality. But New Orleans lawmakers are considering a policy that would take all that away. Use this page to learn how you can stay engaged in the policy conversation around smart regulation.
A group of New Orleans owners of short-term rental properties is suing the city in response to new STR regulations that the City Council passed this year.
The New Orleans City Council on Thursday voted unanimously to enact two ordinances designed to significantly tighten the city’s short-term rental laws.
The New Orleans City Council passed a sweeping overhaul of the city’s short-term rental rules on Thursday, attempting to rein in a practice that has spread throughout the city’s neighborhoods in recent years.
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18.8% of vacation rental owners and operators in New Orleans are African American, and 53% are women. Owning a vacation rental property in New Orleans is providing these individuals with new opportunities to earn flexible income and take care of their families.
In 2017, vacation rentals in New Orleans generated $900 million in total economic impact. This year, short-term rentals are expected to produce $63.9 million in tax revenue for state and local governments.
Vacation rentals in New Orleans create and support nearly 10,200 full and part time jobs, including those like cleaning services, landscapers, contractors, and the local retail stores and restaurants that benefit from vacation rentals. The average hourly wage for these employees is $24.94. These and other jobs supported by vacation rental visitors spending are expected to generate $263.1 million for residents of the NOLA area.
In 2018, about 40% of vacation rental visitors stayed between 3 and 4 days in the NOLA area, and another 34.5% stayed 5 or 6 days. Vacation rental homes are often outside of concentrated downtown areas, so they help these guests discover new local shops and restaurants that otherwise may not have received their business.
82% of those who hold vacation rental licenses in New Orleans are local residents who reside in the New Orleans Metropolitan area. 54% of vacation rental homeowners cover at least three-quarters of their mortgage by renting their home to travelers, and 21% use the extra income to pay for their child’s education. Many are on fixed incomes, as 57% of vacation rental license holders are over the age of 45, and renting allows them to save for retirement.
Vacation rental visitors each spent an average of $918 during their trips to New Orleans, with much of that ($268 being spent on meals at local restaurants.
"The short-term rental is more than a monetary gain for us. It’s a way to invest in a community. Being in an area where we’re void of hotels, that has a real impact."
“Since he’s been here (the STR owner down the street), I have seen dramatic change. I used to come home and feel like I wanted to pick up my house and move it. That’s how bad it was here.”