Council considering short-term rental laws after complaints - WSMV News 4

Metro Council considering short-term rental laws after complaints about Airbnbs

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

On Tuesday night, Metro Council will meet to discuss multiple short term rental laws, including lowering the maximum occupancy of short-term rental properties from 12 to 3 unrelated people.

These changes are being considered after multiple complaints have been made by neighbors living next to Airbnb rentals.

"It's kind of like a temporary frat  house going in next door, every weekend," says Elizabeth Zea Miller.

Miller and her neighbors on McGavock Pike fought for peace and quiet in their neighborhood.

One of her neighbors, Clayton Cook, turned his house into a short-term rental property. It's $675 a night on AirBnb and he says it's a great place for bachelor and bachelorette parties. 

Chris Allen next door disagrees. He's had a drunken renter pounding on his door at 1 a.m, another asleep in his driveway, and one night surveillance video caught a partier urinating in his stream.

"It's residential. No one here moved into a house thinking they were moving next to a hotel or a frat house," says Brigitte Wright.

The neighbors complained to city leaders, and they listened. On Thursday, the Board of Zoning Appeals terminated the Clayton's short-term rental permit.

There are more than 2,000 permitted short-term rental properties in Nashville. Most of them don't generate complaints, but some do.

According to Bill Herbert, the Metro zoning administrator, there are ways that neighbors can fight back when a rental becomes a nuisance.

Neighbors can call the police when they have a noise complaint and can document what they see.

"Use your cell phone. Video it. photograph it. Make sure that we've got time and date stamps. Get us as much evidence as you possibly can," says Herbert.

Click here to read the full text of the ordinance.

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