New webpage provides resources and information on short-term rentals
Published on July 15, 2022
The City of Fort Worth launched a webpage that provides resources and ways to provide feedback related to short-term rentals, or STRs.
An STR, sometimes referred to as a "vacation rental," is a residential property available for rent for guest lodging for a period ranging from 1 to 29 days. STRs exist in residential districts in Fort Worth, where they are not allowed. The new webpage communicates possible options and goals to address the matter. These include a registration requirement, operating standards and zoning options.
The new website includes maps, Council presentations, FAQs, zoning options, input opportunities and more.
One tool used to collect feedback includes the use of the engagement platform ThoughtExchange. In their own words, respondents have the ability to answer the question, "What are your thoughts or concerns as the Council looks to address short-term rentals?" Participants may also rank the thoughts of others.
In addition to the feedback opportunities provided on the website, there will be two interactive engagement occasions, on Tuesday, July 26 and Thursday, July 28. The formats and specific times and dates are available on the website.
What has taken place so far?
Last month, City staff selected Deckard Technologies Inc. to identify short-term rentals currently operating in the city. A final report is expected in the coming weeks. Additionally, the City has issued a request for proposals regarding a registration platform for STRs, hotels and other lodging.
Going forward, the City may consider addressing the issue after reviewing the collected data and consulting with neighborhood associations, residents and property owners.
What are the City's goals related to this process?
- Preserve residential quality of neighborhoods and protect from commercial lodging encroachment.
- Ensure the health and safety of guests and residents.
- Support tourism in a balanced way.
- Preserve residential housing supply.
- Collect Hotel Occupancy Tax from STRs.
- Minimize impact on staff and recover costs for code enforcement.
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