Airbnb Tennessee Policy Director Laura Spanjian said recently that the company is 100 percent committed to Nashville and acknowledges that working on state legislation to the detriment of the city is never a good move.
Spanjian said the company wants to work with Metro on better regulations, better data sharing and better enforcement.
For city leaders, doing right by neighbors and companies such as Airbnb, which is emerging as a significant economic business driver in the region, hasn’t been simple.
Phasing out one type of rental property, the non-owner-occupied short-term rentals, in residential neighborhoods over a three-year period gained momentum earlier this year with District 11 Metro Councilman Larry Hagar’s bill.
That proposal sparked legislation in the Tennessee General Assembly that made it impossible for Metro Nashville to take a vote that could ban short term rentals. The council will have the opportunity in January to discuss potential bans and moratoriums.
The bill, however, does not address the enforcement question. It also does not acknowledge what happens if state lawmakers tread on Nashville’s authority.