Private Home Rentals

What is a private home rental?

Generally speaking, it is a homeowner’s private residence that is rented to guests/tenants for any amount of time.


What are some of the problems and solutions with private home rentals?

The ANP believes most of the specific problems attributed to private home rentals are not caused by private home rentals and/or can also be attributed to hotels, motels, B&Bs, long-term rentals, and owner-occupied residences. The ANP believes that any specific problems directly attributable to private home rentals can be addressed, resolved and/or eliminated by licensing/registration and reasonable operating regulations.

Visitor Safety Concerns – The ANP supports reasonable minimum safety standards for all private home rentals, including B&Bs. The ANP supports the licensing/registration of private home rentals and requiring that the license/registration number be placed on all listings offering such properties for rent.

Unfair Competition – Allegations that private home rentals have an unfair competitive advantage over traditional B&Bs because they are not licensed and regulated are legitimate. The solution is to license/register and regulate all private home rentals, including traditional B&Bs, in a fair, reasonable, and equitable manner.

Quality of Life – Specific Issues – Private home rental property owners and tenants must be responsible and accountable to each other, to neighbors, and to neighborhoods. Tenants should receive a “Code of Conduct” or other guide notifying them of noise, parking, and/or other ordinances or restrictions they will be expected and required to follow. Owners and/or property managers should be available to respond to problems and address them promptly.

Quality of Life – General Issues – The ANP rejects unsupported assertions that private home rentals are the sole, primary, or even a substantial cause of many of the issues, problems, and/or changes that have affected various New Orleans neighborhoods in recent years. For example, while rising property values and rental rates may affect neighborhoods (both positively and negatively), private home rentals should receive neither the credit nor the blame for such changes without reliable supporting data.

Quality of Life – Personal Issues – The ANP rejects the idea that individuals have the right to choose their neighbors and/or prevent their neighbors from utilizing their properties in a reasonable legal manner. While some owners and residents want to know all of their neighbors and/or lament the changes in their neighborhoods, other owners and residents enjoy meeting private home visitors and acting as good will ambassadors for the City. While private home rental operators and their tenants should respect their neighbors and comply with the law, those neighbors should respect private home rental operators’ rights to rent and manage their properties, subject to reasonable regulations.

Absentee Owners – The ANP rejects the argument that private home rentals that are owner- or operator-occupied (including traditional B&Bs) are inherently different from those which are not owner- or operator-occupied. The owners and operators of all private home rentals (including traditional B&Bs) and their tenants should be responsible and accountable to each other, to neighbors, and to neighborhoods.

Length of Stay – The ANP rejects the argument that rental periods of less than 30 days (60 in the French Quarter) are inherently different from longer rental periods. The issue is not the length of stay, but the behavior of the owners and tenants. Complaints of loud parties, illegal parking, and other problems are not limited to private home rental properties and are regulated by other ordinances. Chronic violations can be addressed through enforcement of reasonable private home rental regulations.

Enforcement – The ANP supports the enforcement of reasonable regulations and subjecting chronic violators to possible non-renewal and/or revocation of licenses/registrations.

Administrative and Enforcement Costs – The ANP believes administrative and enforcement costs can be funded with licensing/registration fees.


What about the community and visitor input?

The ANP supports consideration of the interests of different groups and individuals which support or oppose private home rentals.

Neighborhood Organizations – The ANP respects neighborhood groups, but believes they should be required to demonstrate that the views and positions they take actually reflect the views and positions of the property owners, residents, and businesses they claim to represent. Without such data, it is inappropriate for such groups to take any formal position relative to private home rentals – whether for or against.

Professional Organizations – The ANP supports consideration of the views and concerns of professional organizations such as the Professional Innkeepers Association of New Orleans (PIANO), the Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association (GNOHLA), and the Alliance for Neighborhood Prosperity in determining what regulations may be reasonable and appropriate. The ANP opposes consideration of the views and concerns of such organizations when the objective is to eliminate competition or to obtain or preserve an unfair competitive advantage.

Neighbors – The ANP supports consideration of the views and concerns of neighbors of private home rentals in determining what regulations may be reasonable and appropriate. The ANP opposes the consideration of the specific views and concerns of specific neighbors relative to specific private home rentals as evidence of a broader problem that relates to many, most, or all private home rentals. The solution to specific problems is to adopt reasonable enforceable regulations which address those specific problems.

Property Owners and Property Managers – The ANP supports consideration of the views and concerns of property owners and property managers who operate or wish to operate private home rentals, including traditional B&Bs. While some may be directly represented by ANP or PIANO, others may wish to present their own views separately.

Visitors – As New Orleans is a prime visitor destination, consideration should be given to the wants, needs, and desires of our “customers” and “clients.” These include tourists, visitors coming for special events (Jazz Fest, graduations, weddings), business travelers (job applicants, people seeking to permanently relocate, movie industry workers and performers), and visitors for other reasons (transplant patients, adoptive parents). The undisputed fact that private home rentals exist in increasing numbers is persuasive evidence that there is a very substantial demand for different visitor housing choices, including the option to stay in private home rentals.


Conclusion

The ANP is working with property owners, neighborhood and professional organizations, visitors, the City Planning Commission, the City Council, and other interested parties to legalize, license/register, and regulate private home rentals in a fair, reasonable, and equitable manner. Our mission is to provide visitors with a variety of housing choices and the opportunity to experience diverse New Orleans neighborhoods; to preserve, repair, and restore residential housing stock; and to promote economic opportunities for local neighborhoods while preserving or improving the overall quality of life.