Future of non-owner occupied Airbnbs taken up at Metro Council meeting

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Nashville residents got to weigh in Tuesday night at the Metro Council meeting on the future of Airbnb.

While the website has long been a big business for some, some neighbors are tired of parties and loud groups disturbing their peace.

“A lot of the problems people are hearing about with short-term rentals are isolated incidents. While we recognize that those are problems and they should be addressed, we want them to realize that doesn’t represent the majority of resident owners,” said short-term rental owner Megan McCray.

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At most Airbnbs in Nashville, the owners don’t live on site. It’s those homes and permits that are on chopping block.

The Metro Planning Commission recommends there should be no new non-owner occupied permits granted, and the ones that are currently in place should be phased out.

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Investors are defending their rights to own these types of properties, but neighbors say they’re operating mini hotels in their neighborhoods.

With so many people taking their chance to weigh in, the meeting is expected to last through the night. Stay tuned to Good Morning Nashville beginning at 4 a.m. for the latest.