Future of short-term rentals topic of debate at Metro Council committee meeting

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Several Metro Council committees met Monday to talk about the future of short-term rentals, like those listed on Airbnb, in Nashville.

Council members discussed imposing a moratorium on non-owner occupied short term rentals; those are properties where the owner doesn’t live on site.

People across Music City are buying homes just to rent them out on sites like Airbnb or Home Away.

David Blier rented a second home long-term but now exclusively rents short-term. He says the money is better, and he has better control over his home.

“We have not had any complaints from neighbors,” Blier said. “But I’m all in favor of if you can’t be a good neighbor then you don’t deserve to have a short-term rental property.”

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Councilman Steve Glover talked about phasing out non-owner occupied short-term rentals completely.

“People invest a lot of money in these properties so we’d need to give them an exit strategy,” Glover said. “But we’re making a lot tax money on these properties so we also need to look into hiring more officers to enforce what we have in place.”

Blier agrees with more enforcement.

“If we’re enforcing and the people who are operating illegally are being penalized and are being shut down, I think that’s going to solve a major portion of the problem,” said Blier.

But neighbors like Grace Renshaw don’t agree.

“Metro isn’t going to enforce when fights and parties happen. A lot of these things happen in the wee hours of the night,” she said. “The problems are still going to exist and neighbors are still going to be uncomfortable with these properties.”

A decision wasn’t made but the meeting was held in preparation for next month’s vote.