Coppell City Council passes short-term rental ordinance (6/15/18)
Significance: Two bills were proposed during the 2017 Legislative Session (HB 2551: Krause and SB 451: Hancock) intended to pre-empt cities from regulating Short Term Rentals (STRs). STR regulation is anticipated to be a hot topic in the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session.
After several discussions, meetings and comments from the public, the Coppell City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Tuesday that regulates short term rentals (STRs) in the city.
The ordinance requires that the rented property be the owner’s primary residence, be registered with the city, an emergency contact number be provided and the property be inspected.
The ordinance also only allows two adult guests per bedroom and only one car per bedroom or number of cars that be accommodated within the garage and driveway without extending over the public’s rights-of-way.
Also, property owners within 100 feet of an STR will be sent a notification that an STR is in their neighborhood and given a number to a 24-hour hotline number to call in case an issue arises.
The STR issue became a highly discussed topic, bringing in arguments from both sides. Several residents had complained of STRs in their neighborhoods citing concerns of safety, disruptive activity and declining property values while others felt the proposed regulations were unnecessary and an infringement on property rights.
“We have heard considerable input from citizens on both sides,” said Councilman Marvin Franklin. “Our staff has studied ordinances from other cities, and we have sought to strike a balance between free enterprise, neighborhood integrity and property rights. I think we’ve done a pretty good job of doing that.”
Councilman Gary Roden said Airbnb is a great system, but it’s not necessarily great for every location.
“When I look at something like this my thought is would I want this next door to me,” he said. “If I’ve got somebody that bought a house, they’re never present and there’s constantly people coming and going every night, I think that changes the integrity of our neighborhood.”
Council members Mark Hill and Cliff Long said they were against the inspection requirements of the ordinance.
Marcie Diamond, assistant director of community development and planning, brought out the inspections are conducted to make sure the basic safety and health requirements are met in each rental home.
Diamond said the ordinance allows for a sunset review, meaning the council will be given the chance to review the ordinance after one year and be able to make changes if necessary.
The STR ordinance is set to go into effect Jan. 2, 2019.
“Doing this ordinance provides a process. It’s the process I think that will help everybody feel that they have a little bit more control,” said Mayor Karen Hunt. “I’m hopeful this will be a start, and with the sunset we will be able to revisit this from now.”
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