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Renters say proposed Airbnb regulations not needed

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Changes may be coming to the way people use services like Airbnb in Nashville.

About 1,800 people offer their homes as short-term rentals in Nashville. A few problems have some people calling for a tightening of the rules, but an owners’ group thinks new regulations are not needed.

Some Metro Council members say it’s time to balance the concerns of neighbors with the growing rental industry.

Not everyone wants to stay at a hotel when they visit Nashville. For Cory Mercer, renting a house in Germantown through Airbnb works better.

“We like it,” Mercer said. “Here from Michigan, sharing with friends.”

But a few problems are cropping up with short-term rentals, especially when large groups, like a bachelorette party, rent a whole house and come and go all hours of the night.

Metro Councilman Bob Mendes is supporting legislation to tweak the rules.

One of the more controversial measures involves limiting the number of unrelated persons who can share a rental. The maximum is now 12, but Mendes wants to limit it to no more than three.

“The city has put so much energy into making the neighborhoods around downtown livable, with grocery stores and amenities, where families would actually want to live. We don’t want to destroy that by making these hotel districts,” Mendes said.

The association that represents short-term rental owners think it’s unneeded and harmful.

“It’s a very unreasonable number. If we enforce the regulations that are already in place, we wouldn’t have the problems that we’re having with houses that are housing large groups that are partying and causing neighbors trouble,” said Elizabeth Smith with the Nashville Short-Term Rental Association.

About half of the 1,800 businesses that have permits to operate as a short-term rental are homeowners or renters who are sharing the home they live in. The other half are investors who don’t live on the property, they only rent it out.

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