According to Inside Airbnb data, at October 3, 2016, there are at least 4,514 Airbnb listings in New Orleans, and while the City requires all Bed and Breakfast operators obtain a permit, the city registry as at August 2015 only lists 223 properties, most of which appear to be held by traditional bed and breakfast operators.
The majority of Airbnb listings in New Orleans are entire homes (3,328 or 74%) and more than two thirds of these (2,252 listings) are rented out frequently for an estimated average of 198 nights per year. With the "host" not present in these "homes", these listings are most probably illegal, and more importantly, taking away residential housing in a city named by CNN/Money as one of the worst cities for renters in the U.S..
The ordinances for family homes, guests homes and historic homes stipulates that the property cannot operate on the same block as an existing Bed and Breakfast, that only a percentage of the home be dedicated to Bed and Breakfast Operation, a permit be obtained prior to operation, and where applicable pay sales and hotel occupancy taxes.
A conservative occupancy model has been built in order to estimate Occupancy Rates, Income per Month and Nights per Year. More information on the methodolgy of the occupancy model can be found in the disclaimers.
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New Orleans Artist Caroline Thomas responded to the impact Airbnb was having in her neighborhood with protest art and maps.
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Airbnb guests may leave a review after their stay, and these can be used as an indicator of airbnb activity.
The minimum stay, price and number of reviews have been used to estimate the occupancy rate, the number of nights per year and the income per month for each listing.
How does the income from Airbnb compare to a long-term lease?
Do the number of nights booked per year make it impossible for a listing to be used for residential housing?
And what is renting to a tourist full-time rather than a resident doing to our neighborhoods and cities?
An Airbnb host can setup a calendar for their listing so that it is only available for a few days or weeks a year.
Other listings are available all year round (except for when it is already booked).
Entire homes or apartments highly available year-round for tourists, probably don't have the owner present, could be illegal, and more importantly, are displacing residents.importantly, are displacing residents.
See the disclaimers for how the Airbnb calendar may not be accurate.
Some Airbnb hosts have multiple listings.
A host may list separate rooms in the same apartment, or multiple apartments or homes available in their entirity.
Hosts with multiple listings are more likely to be running a business, are unlikely to be living in the property, and in violation of most short term rental laws designed to protect residential housing.
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