A Nashville judge ruled Friday that Metro’s ordinance regulating short-term rentals such as Airbnbs is vague and thus unconstitutional, delivering a blow to the city's attempt to manage the fast-growing alternative to hotels.
The immediate impact of the ruling is unclear as Metro lawyers say they will likely ask that it not go into effect pending appeal. Council members who supported the ordinance that lays out regulations for short-term rentals said they, too, are evaluating courses of action after the judge's ruling.
"We don’t have a written order from the judge yet, so we haven’t made a final determination regarding next steps," Metro Law Director Jon Cooper said. "However, at this point we envision seeking a stay of the ruling while we pursue an appeal. If a stay is granted, the ordinance would continue to be enforced as it is today."
Cooper said the judge's ruling is not final until a written order is entered. Airbnb hosts will still pay hotel taxes, as required by a Tennessee Attorney General opinion last year, he said.
The conservative think-tank Beacon Center of Tennessee filed a lawsuit in August 2015 on behalf of Salemtown residents P.J. and Rachel Anderson, arguing the ordinance infringed on their ...