It’s about the neighborhood. Dallas must solve a short-term rental problem
Think back to nearly 10 years ago — as difficult as that sounds — when Uber came to Dallas and city staff tried to shut it down by banning car dispatched services by cellphone.
It was an embarrassing moment for City Hall, an attempt to stifle the innovation the market had clearly wanted in Dallas. It’s not because Uber hasn’t come forward with concerns. It made. The company’s total laissez-faire approach put drivers at risk because no one knew who was behind the wheel.
Fortunately, cool heads prevailed and the city passed smart regulations that helped protect passengers and ride-sharing in the Dallas market before the state finally caught up with general regulations.
Fast forward to today, and we’re in a similar place with short-term rental properties, whether from Airbnb, VRBO, or another site.
Around Dallas, but especially in East Dallas neighborhoods it seems, there are complaints about party houses, some owned by investors, that are making life miserable for people where one or two houses on an otherwise quiet street turn into a loud, obnoxious scene that lasts all night.
Many residents want short-term rentals to be banned altogether. That’s a mistake, and luckily the town hall seems to be moving a bit more cautiously this time around.
What is needed instead is smart regulation that requires owners of short-term rental properties to register with the city and places some restrictions on landlord investors who might care less about the problems they cause. to residents.
A municipal task force that began meeting in November has given the city a head start. Among his ideas: license and regulation with 100% cost recovery for the city, maximum occupancy of two adults per room and 10 adults per house, no outdoor advertising on a property, no amplified sound, an emergency contact located in the city of Dallas, and a parking space for two adults. There are also ideas to ensure that if a home is not owner occupied most of the year, that at least one responsible party lives in Dallas County.
That’s reasonable, and we support board member Adam Bazaldua’s efforts to push this through the board committee he leads. For some reason, he’s hung up. If Bazaldua can’t get it before council, Mayor Eric Johnson should use his power to call a debate and a vote.
People deserve the right to earn money from their properties. And short-term rentals — say, an apartment in a garage — are one way to offset the high cost of housing in Dallas.
But the inhabitants are also entitled to a little peace and quiet. The party all night has to stop.
Smart, limited regulation can balance concerns here and keep short-term rentals in the Dallas market.