January 2018

Call for Action: Short-Term Rentals

Call for Action_ Short-Term Rentals

Protect Private Property Rights in San Antonio
Join SABOR and help protect private property rights by attending the Zoning Commission meeting on February 6, 2018 at the Department of Development Services located at 1901 South Alamo Street. The meeting will start promptly at 1:00 p.m., so please arrive by 12:30 p.m. in order to sign up to speak. Please check in with SABOR staff once you arrive so we can assist you in signing up and provide you with speaking points.

To send a message now to the Zoning Commission, click here.

If you have questions, please contact Rebecca O’Connor at Rebecca@sabor.com.

Short-Term Rental Ordinance
The city of San Antonio is considering a short-term rental ordinance that would infringe on an owner’s right to rent their property. The city has presented evidence that short term rentals can improve their neighborhood and do not present any additional crime risk, yet the city is pushing a short-term rental ordinance that would make it more difficult, and in some cases impossible, to rent a home out for 30 days or less. Homeowners would be subject to an inspection requirement where the inspector could show up at any time without notice. This lack of notice is a violation of the tenant’s and owner’s right to privacy. Additionally, rental properties that are not owner-occupied would be subject to density limitations and would be required to obtain an onerous special use exception which is expensive and contains subjective and non-measurable criteria.

Learn more about the City’s proposed ordinance here.

Why This Matters to Your Business
Any restrictions placed on a property owner that prevent the owner from realizing the highest and best use of that property hinders economic growth and development and reduces freedoms inherent in our society. Rental property especially in vacation destinations may become less desirable to buyers and investors if restrictions are placed upon the amount of time property may be rented or short-term rentals are banned all together. Additionally, any infringement on short-term rentals is likely to result in further limitations on long-term rentals as well.

Important Links

SABOR’s Official Response Letter to City Hall
City of San Antonio’s Presentation on the Short-Term Rental Ordinance
National Association of REALTORS Information on Short-Term Rentals
SABOR’s Video Outlining the Proposed Ordinance

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