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New Orleans freezes more short-term rental permits

Maureen Salahshoor Denver, CO

February 22, 2023

The New Orleans City Council has paused new short-term permits in some District B mixed-use zones in the Lower Garden District, Central City, and Irish Channel. The freeze will not affect permits that have already been issued or pending applications.

The move comes in reaction to the news that land at the site of the former Brown’s Dairy in Central City was sold to short-term rental operators by developers who had originally said they would build affordable housing. Short-term rentals have long been controversial in New Orleans amid concerns about gentrification and a lack of affordable housing.

While the new rules took effect immediately, the council must vote to codify them. At that time, the freeze on new permits will apply for up to a year.

Late last year, the New Orleans City Council placed a moratorium on issuing new short-term rental permits in residential areas until at least March of 2023, extending a temporary hold on new short-term rental applications that went into effect in September.  

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