Re: Stop Short Term / Airbnb In BV!
Posted by Bonita on 7/21/2021, 2:37 am, in reply to "Stop Short Term / Airbnb In BV!"
I wish a petition would do it, but it will not be enforceable. I know that many didn't like Mr. Gregg's unenforceable statements earlier this year, but Mr. Gregg knows what he is talking about. Worse than STR's, you cannot prohibit people from renting out their homes as "group homes", like drug rehabs, homes for the mentally ill, parole group homes, etc. In addition to State Laws, we also have to deal with the Fair Housing Act. |
Some things that are enforceable (and maybe cause some headaches) is that these homeowners should not be claiming a homestead exemption on property they are using for income (such as the property on Ling is currently doing). The Galveston Appraisal District needs to be made aware, in writing, of each one. They should not be getting the homestead tax break.
We should also check to see if they are required to render the personal property for taxation (all furniture, fixtures, etc) just like any other business/hotel/B&B.
If we do not have have a hotel/occupancy tax in BV, we need to implement one. This IS enforceable. In additiona, if the properties are classified as "non-residential", the owner will have to pay sales tax to contractors performing any repairs/remodeling at these properties.
We need to investigate whether these STRs fall under the building codes for commercial properties. If so, the improvements are going to be expensive for the owner.
It appears the Court of Appeals says we cannot stop STRs. However, is it possible to implement some new code requirements by the City (such as proof of commercial liability insurance, etc), additional fees for fire protection, fee assessment for police calls to these locations, etc)?
It may be the only way to fight the STR right now is to make it more difficult than it is worth to the owner.
The law isn't on our side with the STR issue right now, so we need to focus on the things we can change. Maybe the City could look at all possible options for taxation, fees, etc in order to make this area less attractive to STR owners?