Council Asks For Police Enforcement On Short Term Rentals

Posted at 10:36 PM, Oct 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-03 23:44:52-04

Metro Nashville City Council has requested that police officers enforce several new rules being applied to short term rentals.

Yet, Metro Nashville Police officials said they're busy enough and don't have time to enforce things like like how many people can stay in one home, and checking that owners are properly permitted. 

Metro Councilman Colby Sledge, who drafted a letter to Mayor Megan Barry asking for help from the police, says he wants to find a solution to get the laws enforced.

“We can make all the laws we want when it comes to short term rentals, but if we're not enforcing them, then we're not going to see the solution to some of the problems we're seeing,” Sledge said.

Sledge said he and other council members have received noise complaints in the past.  Some of the complaints came from homes that were being rented out as short term rental properties, many with too many people booked inside.

Sledge said while codes officials are an option to enforce the rules, they currently don’t work on the weekends, when many noise complaints are filed.

Sledge said he's hoping some new positions hired in the codes department may possibly be scheduled on the weekends.