Gretna residents weigh in on short-term rentals

Gretna residents weigh in on short-term rentals

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -Gretna residents will get a chance to weigh in on whether their neighbors should be allowed to rent their homes out on a short-term basis.

Gretna City Hall will host a public meeting Wednesday night.

City officials said this is a fairly new issues as more and more people are looking to stay in Gretna when they visit.

Back in November, Mayor Belinda Constant said short-term rentals have been happening under the radar in the city for a while.

They are now working to regulate that.

Public meetings in the past have been generally 50/50 on the issue, with some saying they have enjoyed the extra income.

Others say they don’t want to see their quiet neighborhood filled with party-goers.

Short-term rental services like Air-bnb stated that there are currently 40 rentals in Gretna who make an average of $6,000.

They acknowledged there were concerns with new amendments.

The current proposed ordinance would require that owners have a short term housing permit and pay a fee between $200 and $250.

It also said that $10,000 from each stay will be given back to the city.

The public meeting will be held at City Hall at 6 p.m.

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