Covington cracks down on Airbnb, short term rentals

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
November 20, 2018 - 8:34 pm

Covington will regulate who rents their home to tourists, where it is legal, what renters can do and how many can stay in a home.

"By a vote of 7-0, the Covington City Council tonight passed an ordinance offered by Councilman Rick Smith to regulate short-term rentals within the city," Spokesman James Hartman said in a news release. "Smith's ordinance restricts short-term rentals to the City's Historic District and places additional restrictions on such enterprises, including the issuance of a permit from the City and inspections by the Fire Department."

One of the new rules controls how much noise renters can make and when.

"The ordinance also requires renters to sign an agreement of understanding regarding 'quiet hours' from 10 p.m. until 7 a.m., a prohibition on amplified sound."

In addition owners will have to provide at least two parking spots for renters. 

Owners can only rent up to four bedrooms, and the maximum occupancy is two people per bedroom.

Smith says it is all about quality of life in residential neighborhoods.  He explained that he wants to hold property-owners accountable for the conduct of their renters or guests.

"I'm happy the Council saw the wisdom of this measure," Smith said.

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