My wife, two daughters and I purchased our home in 2012. It’s a three-bedroom in St. Dunstan’s (part of Kenilworth). It would make a great vacation rental, as it’s close to Biltmore, shops and dining. We’d love the option to rent our place during peak weekends to help pay our mortgage. Asheville has outlawed this and proposed $500 fines for violations for short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods.
I read about how this activity destroys charm and character of neighborhoods, causes nuisance and increases rental prices. First, does this really cause such a nuisance when done in such a limited fashion? If yes, can we target specific behaviors such as fines for noise or parking violations rather than overly generalize? How are long-term rentals impacted?
Clearly, my family and I would be living in our home the majority of the time and would not be interested in renting beyond a weekend here or there. I hear arguments citing “big business” of Airbnb. What about our major hotel expansions and the increased hotel occupancy taxes, which do not go toward improvements in roads or other infrastructure and instead route millions to advertising to attract more tourists?
There are special interests winning here, just not local homeowners. We are not all greedy absentee landlords. Why vilify us and pit us against renters? We, too, would like to benefit from the increase in tourism, but unlike hotels, our dollars would stay local. We could proceed in a careful way that is considerate to our neighbors.
Knee-jerk legislation like the Airbnb ban in residential neighborhoods only helps the big hotel business and my Council should represent me, not Marriott.
— Nowell Henry