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Fort Worth Could Tackle Short-Term Rentals in New Year

Fort Worth is in the middle of a long-term study about ways to possibly regulate short-term rental properties such as Airbnb

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Many cities across North Texas are preparing to or have already tackled short-term rentals.

Fort Worth is in the middle of a long-term study about ways to possibly regulate short-term rental properties, such as Airbnb, and in the new year could move forward with some changes.

In September 2019, Planning & Development Director Randle Harwood estimated that there were 1,100 properties marketed as short-term rentals in the city.

Harwood said the properties generated around $15 million in gross revenue. He estimated that if  the properties paid hotel occupancy taxes, the city would net between $1 million and $1.5 million each year.

City leaders said that while many cities have found a way to collect the tax, Fort Worth does not have a mechanism to do so.

Arlington, Austin and San Antonio currently regulate short-term rentals.

“The City wants to hear from residents so existing policies can be updated and address issues to protect guests, hosts, owners and the neighboring residences,” a recent news release stated.

Residents will soon have a chance to voice their opinions about short-term rentals. The city soon re-launch a survey from The Planning and Development department.

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