Online short-term rental services (STRs) are an increasingly popular alternative to hotels and other vacation lodging options worldwide. This evolution faces countless questions regarding regulation and property rights that have yet to be answered.
In the last year, a community task force has considered how a new ordinance could streamline the relationship between local government, neighborhoods and "hosts" – San Antonio residents who put their homes up for rent.
San Antonio City Council has yet to make a decision on the proposed regulations. Some neighborhoods are raising concerns about how "whole house" rentals or properties where owners do not live on site could undermine the area's property value and fabric of the community.
How does the city's hotel occupancy tax factor into the issue of short-term rentals?
Where is the balance between an innovative economy, property rights and public safety?
- Mike Shannon, director of Development Services for the City of San Antonio
- Michael Guarino, executive director of the King William Association
- Christopher Nulty, Airbnb head of public affairs, Americas
- Charlotte Jorgensen, San Antonio Airbnb host
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