BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The Baton Rouge City Council discussed the future of how Airbnb’s will be classified and utilized in Baton Rouge Wednesday evening.
The council heard from members of the public who addressed the question of whether Airbnb’s should be permissible as short-term rentals or undergo restrictions.
Community members who opposed placing restrictions on Airbnb’s as short-term rentals stated that such rental properties contribute to the local economy and provide tourists with vital information about Louisiana’s rich cultural history.
One Airbnb owner said he’s partnered with a local tourist information center to direct capital area guests to various sites in and around the capital area.
However, those who were for placing restrictions on the use of Airbnb’s as short-term rentals stated that neighbors often don’t know their area is home to an Airbnb short-term rental until they discover it online.
Others complained that guests of such short-term rentals park in unauthorized areas and cause other, related issues in neighborhoods.
The city council says this evening it is discussing, not a complete ban on Airbnb’s as short-term rentals, but the provision of a framework that will serve as guidance as to how the use of Airbnb’s as short-term rentals should be carried out.
Should the council approve or deny the proposed ordinance this evening, whatever is decided will go into effect this evening.
That said, the discussion can be viewed at the link below.
The council has agreed to pass the proposal, removing conditional restrictions.