Rules to brush up on if you're leasing, renting a home during SXSW

AUSTIN - As SXSW and other Spring Festivals get underway, more people will be flooding into the city from all over the nation and the world.

The Austin Code Department (ACD) wants to remind both homeowners and renters of short-term rental properties to make sure residences are registered legally.

Owners of short-term rental (STR) properties rented for less than 30 days should go here to get license requirements and information about advertising and renting a property in Austin.

The Code Enforcement Department said renters will be able to find licenses for the properties on the website listing. 

ACD listed theses four rules for homeowners and renters to follow:

  • Follow the occupancy limit of no more than 10 adults or six unrelated adults
  • Follow the rules related to sound equipment, live music and noise
  • No outdoor assemblies from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • No commercial events, such as bachelor and bachelorette parties, concerts, weddings and other large events

Due to previous complaints of illegal STR activity, ACD they will have a team monitoring the following neighborhoods from March 9 through the 19.

  • Barton Springs
  • Travis Heights
  • Zilker
  • West Austin near Lake Austin
  • Neighborhoods east of IH 35

Owners who violate the law could face fines up to $2,.000 a day.

Go to the Austin Code Department website for the latest requirements for short-term rentals.

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