Proposed bill would change law on short-term rentals in Nashville

Posted at 8:38 AM, Feb 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-04 09:40:34-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — If a proposed bill passes, some Nashville property owners may not be able to rent out their homes depending on where they live.

The bill, proposed by Council member Colby Sledge, says if a homeowner wants to rent out property they don't live in, they can't do it within 100 feet of churches, schools, day cares or parks.

Metro Council will hold a public hearing about the bill Tuesday night.

Council member Sledge says many people have voiced concerns about how rowdy things can get at these properties. Some of the concerns include lewdness, public intoxication and excessive noise.

Right now, there are nearly 6,000 short-term rental permits in Davidson County. It's believed that more than 700 of them are operating illegally without a permit.

While this is the latest plan to limit short-term rentals in Nashville, the department that oversees it says they just can't keep up with the demand.

One of the recommendations is to raise the current short-term rental permit fee by 8% to about $338. That would help pay for the 10 extra employees the department says it needs to keep up.

The cost of hiring those employees would be more than $700,000. They're also calling for the creation of an appeal board to keep up with the laws and improve efficiency of the permit appeal process.