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December 14, 2018

New Orleans may ban ‘whole home' rentals

  • Complaints about short-term renters taking the place of long-term residents have been especially strong in the Marigny and Treme neighborhoods.
    Associated Press

    NEW ORLEANS — A ban on “whole home” short-term vacation rentals in New Orleans was proposed Thursday by a City Council member, a move long-awaited by critics who say investors were driving up housing costs and marring the character of historic neighborhoods by buying up properties and renting them to out-of-towners.

    Kristen Gisleson Palmer's measure had also been awaited with dread by property owners who own short-term rental properties. And it drew an immediate rebuke in a news release from HomeAway, a business that facilitates online vacation rentals. Spokesman Philip Minardi said the proposal was an “extreme” measure that would penalize property owners who have invested in the community.

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