Potential Regulations for Short-Term Rentals in Dallas
Currently, in the city of Dallas, there are no regulations on short-term rentals, like Airbnbs.
DALLAS — The Dallas City Council’s Quality of Life, Arts and Culture Committee heard from the community on Monday about potential regulations for short-term rentals. Currently, in the city of Dallas, there are no regulations on short-term rentals, like Airbnbs.
The council committee heard from more than 100 speakers who spoke on both sides of the issue on Monday.
Many vocal naysayers have shared their experiences with loud guests at nearby Airbnbs, people they say disrupt their neighborhood.
“By allowing Airbnbs in our neighborhood, you allow it to implode our neighborhood,” one speaker said. “It’s ruining the fabric of the neighborhoods we’ve come to love.”
Others spoke of their successful, complaint-free short-term rentals around the city.
“We’ve had over 4,000 stays over the past two years and in those stays I can count on the one hand how many incidents we’ve had,” said a proponent of short-term rentals. “Regulation and elimination are two very different things. I would hate to see this industry cut to the knees. I would like to see us work together to eliminate these issues that have been brought to our attention.
Adam Bazaldua, Board Member, chairs the Quality of Life, Arts and Culture Committee. Given feedback from both sides of the matter, he said the city needed to find common ground.
“Right now there is no real regulation or accountability, which is why we need more consistency so badly,” Bazaldua said. “We need to find ways for the city to implement enforcement and regulations that will address the concerns that have been brought to our attention while allowing for that quality of life and equity opportunity for hosts.”
This is the very beginning of what will probably be a long debate. The board committee will continue the conversation at its February 22 meeting.