History of STRs in Nashville
First, it must be stated the Nashville Neighborhood Alliance is against ANY COMMERCIALIZATION of residential communities. With that said, this Short term Rental Properties initiatives is probably the most intrusive and neighborhood damaging legislative initiative, ever.
In 2015, with little public awareness, the Metro Council adopted an ordinance to allow short-term rental properties in both residential and non-residential zoned districts.
This ordinance was the most intrusive commercialization into Nashville's residential neighborhoods allowed since zoning was first adopted in the 1930's.
Nashville's STR ordinance was drafted so favorably towards operators that the STR industry now holds it out model legislation.
In a little more than a year, between 3,000 and 4,000 STRs, both legal and non-legal, have sprung up in Nashville as real estate investors and homeowners have learned they can generate significantly greater income from STRs than traditional long-term rentals.
A lack of meaningful Codes enforcement, high occupant limits, and blatant disregard of the regulations by many STR operators have had a negative impact on many adjacent homeowners.
"Party houses" for bachelor and bachelorette parties have generated loud noises, late nights, trash issues, and parking problems. In effect, "mini-hotels" have developed in our residential neighborhoods.