Proposal would force short-term rental owners to pay hundreds more in fees

Posted at 9:10 PM, May 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-05 22:10:26-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Hundreds of Nashville short-term rental owners will see their fees increase by 500 percent under a new metro proposal.

The plan was first outlined by Mayor David Briley, who addressed issues with short-term rental homes like Airbnb in his State of the Metro address.

"My budget will include funding to add two full-time inspectors to the Codes Department who will focus exclusively on short-term rentals," Briley said in the speech. To pay for the new staff, Briley proposed raising application and renewal fees. "We also will be raising the fees for short-term rental permits."

Right now, those fees are $50. Under an ordinance introduced into the Metro Council, the fees would increase to $313, a spike of more than $250.

The crackdown is the latest in Metro's turbulent relationship with short-term rentals. Earlier this year, city leaders revoked more than 100 rental permits that they said were issued in error. The permit recall led to several short-term rental owners filing a lawsuit against the city.

The proposed fee change will be introduced to council members at their meeting on May 21.