Dallas City Council enacts new ban on certain short-term rentals
Dallas has a new ban on certain kinds of short term rentals such as Airbnb and Vrbo.
The Dallas City Council approved a new set of restrictions at its June 14 meeting, following more than four hours of comments from the public; the vote didn't take place until 11:30 pm.
The new rule restricts short-term rentals (STRs) from neighborhoods with single-family homes; however, they are still allowed in multi-family zones.
The ban describes short-term rentals as “lodging,” forbidden in neighborhoods zoned for single-family homes.
They also added mandatory rules including one off-street parking space per short term rental bedroom, registration with the city, payment of fees and taxes, adherence to occupancy and noise limits, and contact information for someone who can respond to complaints within one hour.
“It is time to take decisive action to preserve the quality of life in Dallas neighborhoods and not to delay any longer what our residents tonight and previously have been clamoring for,” said council member Paul Ridley, who was the primary advocate for the new restrictions.
More than 50 people offered comments, including State Rep. John Bryant and State Rep. Jessica González who supported the new restrictions, as well as some STR operators who were against.
The vote was 12-3 with council members Chad West, Jaime Resendez, and Casey Thomas opposing the ban.
Short-term rentals have been used for parties and brought on complaints of noise, trash, and even gun activity.
Dallas' zoning and code enforcement departments were not in favor of the new rule, which has no mechanism for enforcement; they said that enforcement would be based primarily on responding to complaints.
The Zumper rental app lists 3,040 STRs available in Dallas; but estimates by AirDNA, which compiles data on Airbnb & Vrbo rentals, put the number at more than 5,500.