Firm compiles data on short-term rentals in Fort Worth

Published on August 05, 2022

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Earlier this summer, City staff selected a firm to identify short-term rentals currently operating in the city.

Deckard Technologies Inc. identified 68 legal short-term rental properties and 565 properties where potential illegal short-term rental use is occurring. Over the past year, there have been 814 properties that operated as short-term rentals, with more than 2,400 listings.

View the final report.

An STR, sometimes referred to as a “vacation rental,” is a residential property available for rent for guest lodging for a period ranging from one to 29 days. STRs exist in residential districts in Fort Worth, where they are not allowed.

What has taken place so far?

Following the launch of a Short-Term Rental webpage, the City of Fort conducted two engagement opportunities. The meetings are recorded on the City website and YouTube.

An additional tool used to collect feedback involves the use of the engagement platform ThoughtExchange. In their own words, respondents can 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.

Residents always have an opportunity to be present at City Council meetings and provide public comments. Sign up to speak at a meeting.

What happens next?

The City is selecting a firm to provide registration and hotel occupancy tax collection for legal STRs, hotels and other lodging properties.

City Council will be briefed on registration and zoning options during a workshop meeting on Aug. 16.


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