No Short Term Rentals?

Updated: Jul. 24, 2017 at 7:08 PM CDT
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MOUNTAIN BROOK, AL (WBRC) - Mountain Brook city leaders are debating whether or not to prohibit short term rentals in the city.

The council was set to discuss a 90-day moratorium in their work session Monday night.

That, according to Mayor Stewart Welch would give them more time to consider a more permanent solution, which would likely outlaw the practice made popular by services like Airbnb and VRBO.

So what's the beef anyway?

"First of all you have people in your neighborhoods that you don't know.  It increases traffic and there can be some security issues," said Mayor Stewart Welch.  
Welch added most of the residents he's spoken with are not in favor of short term rentals.  While it hasn't been an issue so far, he says the city is looking to get out ahead of it.

"Mountain Brook is not really a destination city, like a Tuscaloosa would be, but certainly there are events that might drive a lot of short term rentals," said Welch.

What a final ordinance will look like, and whether there'll be any type of exceptions is still to be determined.  However, Welch feels the council is hearing loud and clear what the community wants.

"And I think the consensus, at least so far is that the residents are not in favor of that," said Welch.

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