HANA has not taken a formal position on the STR (short term rental) issue and I think we should. Let me know your thoughts and how we should address it (letter to Council?)
My STR thoughts: There is a reasonable compromise … that people should be allowed to have STR on their property provided they live there themselves (and other provisions about parking, noise, etc). It seems to me the absentee owner STRs are the ones causing problems in our neighborhoods.
However, there are responsible absentee STR owners as well. In some cases a STR would have fewer problems than longer term rentals because it takes a longer time and legal woes to evict long term tenants who are a problem in the neighborhood. A well managed STR can also be less disruptive than by the semester rentals owned by out of state owners. So it’s not as simple an issue than it might seem at first glance.
PARTY BUS: I talked with UTA officer Lt. Octavio Aguirre after our Nov 2018 Meeting about a related issue affecting some of our neighborhoods. It seems there are buses are for hire for people to drink and party related to the stadiums but also to UTA events. These party buses park on side streets near the stadium or UTA.
Partiers are supposed to stay on the bus but they rarely do for various reasons including that there is limited bathroom space on the bus. He was willing to talk further about this if we want. Lt. Aguirre says if they get a disturbance call they go out and tell the bus they have to leave the area. The bus simply moves to a different area and the problems continue and other officers get call outs. This uses valuable LE resources (not to mention tax dollars).
I was not aware of this issue at all. It seems to affect people closer to Collins (probably north of HANA as well). To me this is an even more serious problem than STRs. I guess these are short short term rentals … a bus for the night using our city streets. Let me know what you think.