Short Term Rental Operator Reducing Your Quality of Life?

Are you tired of being abused by a recalcitrant short term operator?

The City will help you.
Here is a recent article about fines for abusive operators:
http://www.nola.com/business/index.ssf/2017/08/short_term_rental_fines.html

You can send emails expressing your disdain for the abusive operator to the following addresses:

Jennifer Cecil, One Stop Shop Director – jrcecil@nola.gov
Lillian McNee, Enforcement Coordinator – ljmcnee@nola.gov
City email – str@nola.gov

Article below courtesy NOLA.com at http://www.nola.com/business/index.ssf/2017/08/short_term_rental_fines.html

The owners of two French Quarter properties deemed to be repeat offenders for operating illegal short-term rentals were each ordered to pay the city $15,000 in fines Wednesday (Aug. 2). In one case, a hearing officer also ordered the power to be disconnected.

The city handed down a total of $75,500 in fines on illegal short-term rentals in the third round of enforcement hearings since New Orleans’ short-term rental ordinance went into effect. The law legalized short-term rentals under certain restrictions in the city, but the ban on short-term renting in French Quarter remained in place.

So far, the city has ordered more than $115,000 total in fines.

Here’s a look at what went down in Wednesday’s hearings.

Po-boy party fined $15,000

The owners of 821 Gov. Nicholls St. were ordered to pay $15,000 — the maximum daily fine of $500 for 30 days — after keeping a short-term rental ad posted online despite being found in violation of the law last month. The owners, who include Melba’s Po’Boys restaurant owner Scott Wolfe, have argued in Orleans Parish Civil District Court that they’re not guilty of short-term renting because customers pay for a $595 po-boy party catered by Melba’s. The night’s stay at the French Quarter house is merely a free bonus, they said.

Their ad reads: “New Orleans has recently prohibited vacation rentals in the French Quarter which is why we are looking to give it to you FREE. You order a 20 Po-boy catered Party at our famous old school po-boy shop named Melba’s for $495 (weekdays because we like to discount the bread) and $595 (weekends because food is in high demand then) and that gets you ONE night in this single-family home.”

The lawsuit challenging the city’s French Quarter ban on short-term rentals is still pending in court.

Pulling the plug

In June, a woman who lives next to 1030 Burgundy St. testified that an apparent short-term renter at a house next door defecated on her front steps. The hearing officer at the time imposed $3,000 in fines on the owner, Abdelrazek Eid Amer, who denied the alleged violations.

A listing for the property displayed in the hearing Wednesday showed an advertised rate of $2,000 per night. This time, the owner did not show up, and the hearing officer ordered a $15,000 fine and for electricity to be cut off to the property — one of the options repeat offenders face under the ordinance.

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French Quarter Fest 2017

NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

The owners of two French Quarter properties deemed to be repeat offenders for operating illegal short-term rentals were each ordered to pay the city $15,000 in fines Wednesday (Aug. 2). In one case, a hearing officer also ordered the power to be disconnected.

The city handed down a total of $75,500 in fines on illegal short-term rentals in the third round of enforcement hearings since New Orleans’ short-term rental ordinance went into effect. The law legalized short-term rentals under certain restrictions in the city, but the ban on short-term renting in French Quarter remained in place.

So far, the city has ordered more than $115,000 total in fines.

Here’s a look at what went down in Wednesday’s hearings.
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Po-boy party fined $15,000

The owners of 821 Gov. Nicholls St. were ordered to pay $15,000 — the maximum daily fine of $500 for 30 days — after keeping a short-term rental ad posted online despite being found in violation of the law last month. The owners, who include Melba’s Po’Boys restaurant owner Scott Wolfe, have argued in Orleans Parish Civil District Court that they’re not guilty of short-term renting because customers pay for a $595 po-boy party catered by Melba’s. The night’s stay at the French Quarter house is merely a free bonus, they said.

Their ad reads: “New Orleans has recently prohibited vacation rentals in the French Quarter which is why we are looking to give it to you FREE. You order a 20 Po-boy catered Party at our famous old school po-boy shop named Melba’s for $495 (weekdays because we like to discount the bread) and $595 (weekends because food is in high demand then) and that gets you ONE night in this single-family home.”

The lawsuit challenging the city’s French Quarter ban on short-term rentals is still pending in court.
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Pulling the plug

In June, a woman who lives next to 1030 Burgundy St. testified that an apparent short-term renter at a house next door defecated on her front steps. The hearing officer at the time imposed $3,000 in fines on the owner, Abdelrazek Eid Amer, who denied the alleged violations.

A listing for the property displayed in the hearing Wednesday showed an advertised rate of $2,000 per night. This time, the owner did not show up, and the hearing officer ordered a $15,000 fine and for electricity to be cut off to the property — one of the options repeat offenders face under the ordinance.
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Irish Channel disruptors

A code enforcement investigation found that 2829 Laurel St. in the Irish Channel — advertised as “loaded turnkey in Heart of the Garden District” — had played host to at least one party of more than 75 people. The rental also had a few sewage backups, including waste running down the side alley of the home, shown in a photo during the hearing.

One neighbor said because of all the partying next door, he has had to use white noise machines to block out the sound for his sleeping children.

The owners, listed as Adam Frick and Susan Bergson, were ordered to pay $1,500.

Sleeps 20

Even property owners who have short-term rental licenses in neighborhoods outside the French Quarter are finding themselves summoned to court over the details. The owners of 1511 Ursulines Ave. were ordered to pay $1,500 for advertising they could host up to 20 guests, double the city’s limit of 10 guests. The fines were imposed even though the listing had been changed.

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