Arlington Considers Restrictions On Short-Term Rentals

Alan Scaia
January 08, 2019 - 12:37 pm
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ARLINGTON (1080 KRLD) - The Arlington City Council is meeting Tuesday to discuss potential regulations for short-term rentals. Council members say they may require property owners to get a permit before they can list spaces on websites like Airbnb or VRBO.

"You just don't know who's going to be next door," says former Councilman Joe Bruner. "The parties can be out of hand, the parking, the noise."

Bruner says a ban on short-term rentals may not be necessary, but he says the city should consider restricting rentals to areas with commercial development, such as areas near UT-Arlington, the Entertainment District or near malls.

Opponents have founded a group to argue against restrictions. Jeremy Fenceroy is the president of START, Short Term Accommodations for Residents and Tourism.

"We've asked them for an opportunity to sit down and talk and find some common ground on how we can make short-term rentals work for all of Arlington," he says.

Fenceroy says short-term rentals have helped drive Arlington's economy. With restrictions, he says people looking for a place to stay outside a hotel would spend their money in a nearby city instead.

"To me, it doesn't make sense," he says. "It's missing a huge opportunity Arlington has."

Fenceroy says Arlington should instead develop a system so people could complain about noise or traffic from a particular rental, and the person running that location would be held accountable individually.

Bruner, the former councilman, says short-term rentals have already started causing problems in his neighborhood.

"I told the mayor yesterday, if there's a solution, it is one that would prevent short-term rentals in our residential neighborhoods," he says.

The Arlington City Council could make a recommendation, which would then go to the Planning and Zoning Commission for public hearings. The measure would then go back to the council for a decision.