Happening Today: Short-term rental vote expected today

Happening Today: City Council to vote on short-term rentals

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New Orleanians in the short-term rental business may learn the fate of their enterprise Thursday.

The New Orleans City Council is expected to vote on regulations for companies like Airbnb.

Some homeowners have made a cottage industry of renting out rooms or houses to tourists and guests.

Today they'll learn how the city could enforce new taxes and fees on them.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other city leaders have drafted a plan that would set rules on how hosts and the company are permitted to make money in New Orleans.

In October, all but one member of the city's council voted in favor of setting regulations to continue allowing short term rentals.

One renter said hosting guests has helped her as she has dealt with health issues.

"Airbnb has allowed me to have that more stress-free life. Without it I would have to go back to a corporate job, frankly, that's just not good for my health," said Kathleen Lori Mentel. "So, I'm really grateful and thankful to have this opportunity to rent out my place on a short-term basis."

Those opposed to short term rentals have argued the arrangements have brought unwanted elements to neighborhoods with more long-term residents.

The city council will meet at 10 a.m.

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