Metro Council takes up three bills on short-term rentals

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Metro Council discussed three proposals regarding short-term rentals in Nashville, a hot topic across the city as some wish to strap on the restrictions.

The bills, each proposed by different councilmembers would affect the future of popular websites like Airbnb and HomeAway.

The first, introduced by Larry Hager and Kevin Rhoten, would phase out non-owner occupied short-term rentals by 2021.

The second–proposed by Steve Glover, Robert Swope, and Sheri Weiner—would put a one-year stop on new permits.

And the third, proposed by Nancy VanReece, would put a three-year stop on new permits for non-owner occupied short-term rentals by 2021.

Each will be discussed at length in the coming weeks as the city decides how to proceed.

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The council chambers were at capacity during for the meeting Tuesday, so supporters and opponents alike had to fill the halls. They showed up making their stance clear with signs, shirts, and buttons saying either “SAVE STR” or “Homes not Hotels.”

“They create problems with noise, they create problems with traffic, and they really change the basic nature of neighborhoods. These aren’t neighbors; these are tourists,” said John Summers, who wants to do away with some types of rentals.

“I don’t believe their complaints. If they had something to substantiate it, prove it. Prove it. Is there some reason they don’t want these in their neighborhood? Why?” questioned Jeff Parker, who thinks these types of rentals should stay.