I’d like to propose the following resolution to be voted on, if we want to take a position on the sharing economy. Both short term rental regulations and Uber/Lyft regulations are coming up at the city council in early December and so now would be the time to take a position on them. Please offer any suggested changes or additions and feel free to weigh in if this is something that’s important to you that we take a position on or not.
Friends of Austin Neighborhoods supports the sharing economy. Home sharing and ride sharing are important to Austin families by allowing them to make additional money to help them afford their increasing rents, property taxes, and costs of living. The additional income from the sharing economy provides income for struggling families, helps keep others in their homes, and helps creates a diverse community of varying income levels and ethnicities in our neighborhoods.
The city of Austin should be focused on how to help the middle class instead of proposing regulations that may directly harm them. Each new regulation provides an additional barrier to entry, makes it harder for families to participate in the sharing economy, and limits the different people of different economic means that get to enjoy our greatest neighborhoods.
FAN supports abundant and diverse housing in Austin; including temporary housing options. All short term rental types benefit our neighborhoods by providing a convenient place for Austinites to stay in their own neighborhoods during remodels or between houses or between leases, allows temporary housing for new Austinites relocating to Austin, and provides housing for visiting families.
FAN supports new and abundant transit options. Ride sharing provides low cost alternative transportation, provides an extension of the city transportation system, and improves the safety of drivers and riders by providing options that prevent drunk driving.
Home sharing and ride sharing promote a welcoming and inclusive environment for Austin. Austinites want and support these options in our neighborhoods. Please consider supporting the sharing economy and the Austin families that use and rely on them.
Please Oppose Burdensome Ride Sharing Regulations:
- Burdensome safety inspections on cars
- Burdensome fingerprinting requirements
- Limiting pickup and drop off locations
- Reporting data to the city that may violate the privacy of drivers and riders
- Requiring unnecessary markings on driver’s personal cars
- Any other requirements that make it harder for ride sharing drivers to be drivers
Please Oppose Burdensome Home Sharing Regulations:
- Unnecessary bans on homeowners/renters for any short term rental type
- Distance requirements that preemptively ban homeowners/renters from short term renting their home based on the location of other short term rentals
- Requirements for random and mandatory inspections of people’s homes without reason or cause
- Reduced occupancy limits based on property/site instead of being based on dwelling/license
- Allowing eyewitness accounts to be used as evidence in administrative hearings for violations, which can encourage abuse by anti-STR activists against good STR owners
- Requiring conditional use permits, board of adjustments, or neighborhood association approval to get or keep a license
- Increasing license fees that may make it cost prohibitive for families to get and maintain a license
- Requiring a guest registry that may violate the privacy of guests and owners
- Any other requirement that makes it harder to receive and maintain a license for good owners