Indy Week: As Gaylord and Baldwin Leave, Raleigh City Council Nixes Short-Term Rental Plan Again

From Indy Week...

Departing Raleigh City Council members Bonner Gaylord and Mary-Ann Baldwin said goodbyes to colleagues Tuesday but didn’t get the farewell gift they wanted: passage of an ordinance allowing homeowners to rent out part of their homes in the short term.

The council has been wrangling with the issue for several years, but only Mayor Nancy McFarlane, Bonner and Baldwin voted yes Tuesday. The ordinance would have legalized the practice of renting dwellings using Airbnb, which describes itself as an “online community marketplace that connects people looking to rent their homes with people who are looking for accommodations.”

Forlorn-looking proponents of Airbnb in the council chambers even conjured up potentially disappointed International Bluegrass Music Association attendees in an effort to encourage the council to pass the bill. With hotel prices high in Raleigh, IBMA fans would welcome the chance to rent out someone’s extra rooms, said those in favor.

Baldwin called the vote a “major disappointment” on Twitter.

”This is a property rights issue,” she tweeted. “It also allows people to earn income. I hope the new Council will not overregulate.”

At-large member Russ Stephenson said he appreciated the work that had gone into the short-term rental proposal by council members and a task force appointed more than a year ago. But he didn’t vote for it. ...
— Thomas Goldsmith - Indy Week