City opens survey soliciting feedback on short-term rentals

In addition to the survey, several city councilmembers have scheduled town hall meetings to collect feedback from residents

  • Arlington, TX City Hall (Photo: Zack Maxwell / Arlington Voice)
    Arlington, TX City Hall (Photo: Zack Maxwell / Arlington Voice)
David Dunn

The Arlington City Council is moving the short-term rental conversation online with a new survey it released Monday.

In addition to the town hall meeting it hosted Monday night, the City Council has opened an online survey for Arlington residents to voice their opinions on short-term rentals operating within the city. The survey is eight questions and is open until Jan. 31.

An issue that District 1 Council Member Charlie Parker has previously described as “devastating” to neighborhoods, short-term rentals are homes, apartments and buildings rented out for short stay. The practice is often associated with companies such as AirBnB, which brokers transactions between people who have space to rent and possible short-term tenants

Proponents of short-term rentals describe them as a convenient, cost-efficient alternative to a hotel, yet it also carries quality-of-life concerns for many Arlington residents. In a recent report on the issue, some residents told the Arlington Voice that some short-term rentals are used as party houses, which drives up noise and street congestion in some neighborhoods.

“It has taken its toll on the neighborhood, and quite frankly, has (irritated) a lot of home owners, and they want something done,” Parker said in a previous story. “I don’t blame them.

In addition to the online survey, the Council is hosting town hall meetings throughout the month to discuss the issue in a public setting. The next town hall will be Jan. 10 at the West Arlington Police Station, while the other two will take place Jan. 16 at Bob Duncan Center in Vandergriff Park and Jan. 17 at the South Police Service Center.