Pearland is one step closer to new rules for short-term rentals like Airbnbs

PEARLAND, Texas – Short-term homeowners who want to work in Pearland may soon have to register with the city to do so.

At its regular meeting on March 28, the Pearland City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance setting rules for the operation of short-term rental properties such as Airbnbs by a 6-1 vote.

“It’s going to be a process,” Councilor Alex Kamkar said. “It will take.”

The regulation will enter into force on July 1, according to agenda documents, if the second reading is adopted. Councilor Adrian Hernandez proposed adding an amendment that would require an annual permit review if short-term rental owners have committed two violations within a year. It could be included in the second reading of the regulation. Council members did not vote for an amendment on March 28.

Pearland first addressed the need to regulate short-term rentals after residents of a Green Tee neighborhood raised concerns that a short-term rental property was being used as a party house as early as July 2019, resident Joseph Koza said.

“It was just a party house,” Councilor Woody Owens said. “That was all.”

Owens said he visited the trouble-ridden property and saw many of the issues put to the council.

The ordinance establishes regulations through four distinct aspects: application for permits, inspection requirements, restrictions, and denial or revocation of permits, said Pearland City Attorney Darrin Coker.

In order to obtain a permit for short-term rentals in the city, owners must pay a non-refundable fee and provide various information, including proof of home ownership with location address, as per agenda documents.

For properties to pass inspection, they must meet several criteria, including bedrooms, which must have two escape routes, e.g. B. a door and window, working smoke detectors, and working carbon monoxide detectors, agenda documents revealed. The documents also explained that the City of Pearland may conduct additional inspections of the short-term rental property if a violation is reported or suspected.

Short term rental restrictions include two adult guests per bedroom and no more than 10 people total on site, and any advertising of the properties must contain a written prohibition on using the property as a party or entertainment venue, in accordance with the agenda documents.

Finally, permits may be revoked by the City of Pearland if the information from the application is incomplete, inaccurate, misleading, or false, or if the property does not conform to the agenda documents.

Councilor Luke Orlando, who was the only person to vote against the first regulation, said short-term rental regulation does not directly target the bad actors causing problems like those raised by those near Green Tee.

Kamkar asked Coker if a short-term rental property violated the parking requirements in the ordinance, such as if a car blocked a neighbor’s driveway, if the city would have the authority to tow the vehicle. Coker said the city would not be able to do this if the car was parked in a public right-of-way.

“I think that violates the rights of people who are doing the right thing,” Orlando said.

This article is courtesy of our partners at Community Impact Newspaper. Pearland is one step closer to new rules for short-term rentals like Airbnbs

Dais Johnston

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