NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – The New Orleans City Council could cast a landmark vote on short-term rentals (i.e. Airbnb) today. The meeting on short-term rentals will start at 2 p.m., but there were already supporters and opponents inside of city hall Thursday morning eager to hear how the discussion will go.
Thursday’s vote would be a motion to make an ordinance. That means the motion would be sent to the city’s legal department, where it would be crafted into law, then that measure would have to be voted on by the council. In other words, potential short-term rental regulations are still in the early stages.
A lot could happen Thursday that would affect short-term rentals in the future. The mayor is expected to detail his plan. Council members could also propose amendments, suggestions and ideas. Then the floor will be open to the public, and city officials say that could take hours. There are a lot of passionate people on both sides of the debate.
Check back for updates on this developing story.