Reviewed and updated on 8/5/2021

Short-term rentals can provide a steady stream of income for homeowners nationwide. However, with the rise of Airbnb and other short-term rental applications, new ordinances have come into play to regulate the process. In December of 2019, the City of New Orleans created a new requirement stating that all short-term rentals must be associated with an Operator Permit.

According to NOLA, short-term rentals must take place in a legal dwelling unit and the rental of that unit is for fewer than 30 days at a time.  Rentals of greater than 30 consecutive days are considered long-term rentals and do not require an STR permit.

New Orleans – Short-Term Rental Owner Regulations

As a short-term rental owner, you must:

  • Ensure STR is covered by a $1,000,000 commercial general liability insurance policy
  • Maintain the STR guest registration records, including dates of occupancy, number of guests per stay, and rates charged
  • Ensure dwelling and occupancy limits set forth in the CZO and CCNO and observed
  • Ensure that an advertisement or listing of their STR contains: STR owner permit number, STR operator permit, whether the STR unit is wheelchair accessible or otherwise ADA compliant, the number of permitted guest bedrooms in the STR, and the maximum permitted occupancy of the STR
  • Post a copy of the Owner Permit in a location visible to both guests and neighbors

For the full list of residential and commercial STR owners’ duties and responsibilities, check out the New Orleans Short-Term Rental Handbook.

Short-Term Rental Laws – Insurance Requirements 

The primary reason for an insurance requirement is to ensure that short-term rental owners are properly protected from injuries or property damage.

Commercial general liability is found in business insurance policies and protects the insured against claims of bodily injury or property damage they could be found legally liable. It is the most comprehensive liability insurance one can purchase for short-term rentals.

Additionally, when defining the “proof” of insurance, cities or counties can easily require a “certificate of insurance” which is a standardized form to show proof of insurance to various interested parties, including banks, mortgage lenders, or in this case, cities or counties requiring owners to provide proof of insurance to obtain a short-term rental certificate.

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