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Susan Fennewald

I was really hoping for some facts - how many vacation rentals were registered the first year the city registered them? How many are registered now? How many of them are condos and how many are single family homes? How many are in residential areas occupied by mostly full-time residents, and how many are on the west end?

Bailey Jones

There are 4 newly opened vacation rentals in our neighborhood. In three cases, a dilapidated abandoned property was beautifully remade, in the fourth, a family sold their not terrible but not great home and it was beautifully remodeled. There are 6 more abandoned houses within shouting distance. These have been sitting empty since Harvey, or Ike. They require too much work to ever be viable as low income rent housing, so they will either be remodeled as STRs, or remodeled by new residents. Property values are up in the neighborhood - bad news, I guess, if you rely on squalor to keep your taxes low, but good news for owners who, like us, have invested and remodeled with a goal of bringing up the area.

Susan Fennewald

What area do you live in?

Bailey Jones

Jack Johnson Park / Old Central High

Ana Draa

While I agree that Short Term Rentals have become more popular, no way there were only 100 STR’s in operation in January 2015 when the LDR’s were voted on. There were thousands. We transformed our former San Jacinto STR from a dilapidated building, falling off of it’s foundation to a lovely home. Definitely an improvement to the neighborhood.

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