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City Council approves short-term rentals - with restrictions

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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

The City Council voted Thursday to regulate short-term rentals in New Orleans after hearing from those for and against rentals like Airbnb.

The regulations will allow homeowners to legally rent out their homes on a short-term basis.

The City Planning Commission recommends requiring short-term rental operators to have a permit, liability insurance of $500,000 or more, as well as making sure homeowners provide safe environments for guests by providing smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.

Operators will also have to pay hotel taxes and notify their neighbors about their rentals.

The council voted 6-1 to approve, with District D Councilman Jared Brossett being the sole vote against.

The council must take a final vote on the ordinance before it is finalized. They will then take up an ordinance on enforcement.

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