The City of Fort Worth will hold the first of two meetings this week on possible updates to how it regulates short-term rentals.
A short-term rental, sometimes referred to as a “vacation rental”, is a residential property available for rent between one and 29 days. In 2018, the city updated its ordinance to clarify short-term rentals aren’t allowed in residential neighborhoods, though city leaders admit it can be difficult to regulate.
Dana Burghdoff, deputy city manager of Fort Worth, said the current ordinance allows short-term rentals in “zoned mixed-use” neighborhoods allowing for both commercial and residential uses, as well as mixed use zones. commercial and industrial. The city essentially equates a short-term rental with other forms of accommodations like a hotel, Burghdoff said.
“It’s hard to know what’s going on inside a home or inside a business, for that matter,” she said. “So it requires a lot of site visits and monitoring to ensure proper enforcement.”
Currently, city leaders are considering a new registration requirement. Operating short-term rental hosts can register their property, assuming it is in an area where this is permitted.
“If they are not in an area where it is allowed, they have the option of stopping the activity or requesting a rezoning or another option that the council may decide in the coming months,” said she declared.
Edgar Rodriguez with the Fort Worth Short Term Rental Alliance owns property near the Fort Worth stockyards. For over a year it has been used as a short term rental. Rentals can be handled responsibly and his ownership is an example of that, Rodriguez said.
“The feedback from all of our guests has been wonderful. I know all of our neighbors in the community. There really were no problems,” he said.
The alliance will be present at the meeting on Tuesday evening, he said. He added that he is in favor of a “senseful” order.
“We will try to secure short-term rentals in the city of Fort Worth. That’s not what you hear. It’s not rhetoric. It’s not homes that are just plagued by crime, parties and meth labs. That’s not it at all. So we try to dispel the misunderstandings and myths that exist,” he said. “We understand what the neighborhood communities are saying. We don’t want crimes, we don’t want parties. Neither do I. You neither. Nobody either.
Roy Barker of Fort Worth has lived in his home for seven years. The problems he and his wife have faced since their neighbor started hosting a short-term rental are two-fold, he said.
“Memorial Day, we probably had at least 18-20 [people] at one point. They haven’t done anything criminal or loud, but to park we just don’t have the infrastructure to have 10 or 12 cars here,” he said.
There is also sometimes the problem of noise and accumulations of litter, he said.
“We are not constantly on vacation. We work. This time, my wife got up at six in the morning. So it just cuts off our sleep. We also always ask ourselves ‘who are these people?’ “, he added. “Let’s try to fix this before it gets so bad that someone has to lose their life or we have to get the police involved.”
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