Austin,TX~ABOR fights to keep Austin reasonable w/Short Term Rentals

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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
2.     Call 3-1-1
3.     Visit

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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Dorie, You do a great job of informing your community of all that is happening in the area.

Nov 28, 2012 08:42 PM #1
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Dorie: Austin residents need to know how ABOR fights on their behalf.  Good consumer information that your local readers need to see.

Nov 28, 2012 08:59 PM #2
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Good information for the Austin area, Dorie. Rules are always changing and need to be disseminated.

Nov 28, 2012 09:02 PM #3
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Dorie, at least ABOR is on top of it...regulations can cause the unnecessary burden on homeowners & landlords.

Nov 28, 2012 09:27 PM #4
Bobbie Smith
Stroudsburg, PA

Great post of info for your Community Dorie.  Rules and regs are always changing. It's great that you keep them informed.

Nov 28, 2012 09:31 PM #5
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

Another reason why you are THE BEST in Austin, Texas. You are always looking out for your community!!

Nov 29, 2012 12:48 AM #6
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Dorie-Another layer to get through, hopefully individuals looking to get licensed will find these online resources before they begin the process. 

Nov 29, 2012 01:06 AM #7
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro
Dorie ....I'm with Joni're the best! Great post ...have a great night!
Nov 29, 2012 09:52 AM #8
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Gita,

Thank you!!

Nov 29, 2012 10:16 AM #9
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Anita,

It is important because ABOR is looking out for the consumer in our area!

Nov 29, 2012 10:16 AM #10
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Dorie, That sounds really complicated. Is this just another way for the local government to collect money?

Nov 29, 2012 10:59 AM #11
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Dorie- Is this a government solution looking for a problem? I know someone must have thought this a good idea, but is it?

Nov 29, 2012 12:35 PM #12
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning all,

It is complicated but our City of Austin with the advent of F1 found there were many people leasing their homes or rentals for short terms and cashing in on high profits......of course they wanted a a piece too!!

Nov 29, 2012 07:59 PM #13
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