For just $750 a night, you can stay at Phyllis Landrieu's house on St. Charles Avenue. The 3200-square-foot house sleeps 14 people in four bedrooms, according to a listing on the short-term rental website Airbnb.com.Or it might be incidental. But, certainly, ten $750 per night vacation rentals are better than one. City Council takes up the issue October 6.
Unless it's a bed-and-breakfast operation, renting out a home for less than 30 days is illegal across New Orleans. The standard is 60 days in the French Quarter, though the city has seldom enforced the zoning law that bars the practice.
Landrieu, a former Orleans Parish School Board member and Mayor Mitch Landrieu's aunt, doesn't occupy the house. She received approval earlier this year to demolish it and another building next door to make way for a 10-unit condo building. As it operates now, her listing would be illegal under proposed regulations the City Council will consider next week.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Nobody actually lives at Phyllis Landrieu's house
Might be some clue as to why the mayor insisted we reconsider "whole home" rental restrictions.