Grab Some Popcorn And Watch The Landrieu Family Fight Over Allowing Airbnb

Next week, the New Orleans City Council will vote on whether or not to allow short-term rentals in New Orleans. The Landrieu is divided on the issue and they’re fighting each other. Some Landrieus are leading the fight against Airbnb, while other Landrieus are listing their properties on the site.

From The Times-Picayune

Underscoring how complicated the issue has become in New Orleans, a second member of Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s family confirmed that he has a short-term rental on his property, even as another Landrieu relative opposes the practice.

Mark Landrieu, the brother of the mayor, acknowledged Thursday he hosts people in a short-term rental on his property that rents for $80 a night. He also rented a home he owns near the Fair Grounds on Airbnb during Jazz Fest.

In an interview, Mark Landrieu said he’s a supporter of people being able to rent out homes to people visiting New Orleans, and said he hopes the City Council will approve regulations next week that are fair to Airbnb hosts and their neighborhoods.

[…]Phyllis Landrieu, Mark and the mayor’s aunt, offers a home she owns on St. Charles Avenue to short-term renters. Their sister, Shelley Landrieu, leads the Garden District Association, a neighborhood group staunchly opposed to short-term rentals.

The mayor has not taken a position on the proposed regulations, and his office declined comment on this story. Mark Landrieu said he hasn’t discussed his own short-term rentals with his brother.

“He doesn’t even know I have one,” he said of the mayor. “He has 900 other things he needs to be worrying about other than a cousin or an aunt.”

As news spread of Phyllis Landrieu’s Airbnb rental on social media on Wednesday (Sept. 28), proponents of stricter short-term rentals posted screen shots of Mark Landrieu’s two short-term rental listings on the Facebook group “The Alliance for Preposterous Neighborhoods” — a group that pokes fun at the pro-short-term rental organization the Alliance for Prosperous Neighborhoods.

Mark Landrieu said that the criticism being leveled at his family over short-term rentals is unfair, and is a distraction from the fact that there are investors who are buying up property solely to turn them into Airbnbs.

It’s always a good day when the Landrieu family is squabbling amongst themselves. That’s less time they have to pillage ordinary New Orleans citizens.

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