On October 1 the City of Austin posted emergency short-term rental (STR) rules, creating a cumbersome and expensive registration process that confused and frustrated many homeowners who were required to make appointments with the city staff in order to register or have their questions answered. This new City of Austin ordinance affects houses and residential units rented for periods of 30 days or less.
Originally Austin Board of Realtors (ABOR) supported the STR Ordinance passed on August 2, 2012 due to its reasonable regulation of STRs. However, the emergency rules deviated from the intent of the ordinance. ABOR advocated a reduction in the proposed fees and a simplified application process. ABOR will continue its fight to obtain reasonable regulation during the regular rule-making process, which is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2013.
All owner-occupied STRs, called Type 1 can apply for a license now.
Type 11 (non-owner occupied STRs) can apply for a license now if they can show proof of operating as a short term rental prior to June 13, 2011. All type 11 STRs operating on or after June 13m 2011 will be able to apply for a license beginning in January 2013. At that time, new Type 11 STR licenses will only be issued in geographic area where a 3% threshold of STRs has not been met.
For questions regarding this program
1. Email STRlicensing@austintexas.gov.
2. Call 3-1-1
3. Visit http://www.austintexas.gov/str
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