In a follow-up to a FOX 8 Defenders report, the debate over short-term rentals in New Orleans is expected to take another step forward Wednesday. Council members Stacy Head and Nadine Ramsey plan to discuss a motion to direct the City Planning Commission to conduct a public hearing and study on the regulation of short-term rentals at a Community Development Committee hearing at 2 p.m. in City Council Chambers.
Right now it's illegal to rent a property in New Orleans for less than 60 days in the French Quarter and 30 days everywhere outside of the Quarter, yet thousands of people do it every year. City officials say they don't have the resources to enforce the law fully as it's written right now. Some neighborhood groups support making it legal, but with guidelines and regulation.
The motion grants the CPC flexibility to expand the scope of the study and make recommendations. Councilwoman Head's office says the motion is likely to be approved by the Council at its regular Council Meeting on Thursday, Aug. 20.