Council member’s family accused of breaking short-term rental laws

Officials believe thousands of short-term rental properties are operating without a permit. (WSMV file)

The Metro Codes Department has revoked short-term rental permits for two of Councilwoman Holly Huezo’s family members after News 4 found they had been operating Airbnbs before they applied for the permits.

Kathy and Joseph Derryberry, Huezo’s mother and brother, applied for short-term rental permits for two family-owned houses in September 2016.

According to Zoning Administrator Bill Herbert, they were asked if they had previously listed or rented the houses on short-term rental platforms and both replied that they had not.

News 4 found customer reviews for the Derryberry’s Airbnb listings dating back to May of 2016, four months before they applied for the permits.

“They came in and perhaps misrepresented when we asked the question ‘Have you advertised? Have you rented?’” Herbert said. “We will have to cancel the permit.”

Meanwhile, Huezo is facing questions about a potential conflict of interest because she voted against more short-term rental regulation while her family members have been operating Airbnb houses.

“She should have went and talked to legal counsel,” Councilman Larry Hagar said. “He’s always available.”

Vice Mayor David Briley confirmed to News 4 Huezo has spoken with Metro Council lawyer Mike Jameson about the potential conflict of interest. Huezo has denied News 4’s requests for an on-camera interview.

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