Austin puts moratorium on some short-term rentals

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin city leaders agreed late last night to put a temporary ban on issuing licenses to Type II short-term rentals, or the type where the owner does not live in the home.

The ordinance passed 10 to one. The moratorium starts on Monday, Nov. 23, and ends March 2017. However city leaders could decide to extend it.

Existing short-term rental owners will be allowed to continue operating and renew their licenses.

Mike Kanin with the Austin Monitor joined us in the studio to discuss the decision made after leaders heard from a long list of critics and supporters. A total of 33 people signed up to speak about the issue surrounding short-term rentals. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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