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Dallas City Council plans to ban short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods

After numerous landlord complaints, Dallas is closing in on a decision on where short-term rentals should be allowed.

It seems council members tend to ban them in neighborhoods and only allow them in the same areas as hotels.

Dallas City Council members spent about four hours discussing how to handle short-term rentals in the city with the biggest questions surrounding how the city will respond if things get out of control during a rental.

For years, Dallas landlords have complained about short-term rentals that bring a revolving door of guests, noise, and litter.

The City of Dallas is still struggling to develop regulations for short-term rentals

“As a lawyer, former public defender and judge, we must remember when personal rights collide with the rights of the majority. We must yield to the majority,” said Carl Hays of the Oak Park Estates Homeowners Association.

On Wednesday, several council members questioned enforcement if an ordinance were passed.

City of Dallas staff have admitted they need more code enforcement workers. City staff said the number of short-term rentals has increased rapidly.

Over the past three years, they have seen 73 registered suspicious transaction reports grow to more than 1,200.

Staff admitted there may be more rentals than they think, with one analyst estimating there are 5,000 in operation in the city.

The proposed order would require STRs to have a representative who can enforce code enforcement on the property within one hour.

“We’re expecting this ‘one hour person’ to go to a wild party with booze and whatever, and they somehow shut it all down?” asked adviser Cara Mendelsohn. “Although, our own code people when they go as a single item, we don’t ask them to go in there?”

Still no deal reached with Dallas City Council on how to regulate short-term rentals

Council member Adam Bazaldua argued that the city could fund more resources through fees that short-term rentals would have to pay. He also argued that short-term rentals that are registered and now paying taxes should legally be allowed to continue operating even if the city ends up banning STRs in neighborhoods.

“All 1,200 in our municipal system will be grandfathered in accordance with case law,” he said.

Some council members told staff they think owner-occupied short-term rentals aren’t as problematic as those with offsite owners. They requested that the proposed ordinance allow short-term rentals by owner.

City staff also said there’s a new trend where people are renting out their pools, and it’s on their radar as well.

Staff will bring back a refined proposal in two weeks.

Dallas short-term rental recommendations come despite concerns from some council members