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Major setback for short-term home rentals

Posted at 6:17 PM, Jun 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-21 21:17:20-04

A major setback Wednesday for people who use short-term home rentals to make ends meet.

The Las Vegas City Council voted in favor of stricter rules in an effort to crack down on short-term rentals that end up being used as party houses.

To rent out a house short-term, someone will now need a special use permit that will cost more than $1,000.

Renters who do everything right feel the vote washes away the whole crop of short-term rentals just to get a few bad apples.

"Party homes ruin our business too," said Chris Davis, who has a license to rent his house out. "We've had people come in and cause damage and it's very difficult to recover from that."

Jewel Dixon is sick of how his street has become home base for tourists, drunk people and several other nuisances.

A video of his was shared at the council meeting where he counted more than 50 cars parked on his block.

"We've had so many incidents in the past and it's gotten swept under the rug," Dixon said.

The issue of enforcement against party houses was discussed too, especially because this ordinance may not affect all of them, since many are unlicensed to begin with.

The city council will be exploring the idea of constables who will work weekend nights.