City Council passes vacation rental property moratorium

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) — The Chattanooga City Council recently passed a moratorium on the acceptance of vacation rental applications for non-owner rental properties.

The unanimous vote took place at Tuesday night’s meeting.

This gives the council more time to review and develop additional regulations while addressing these property concerns in the city.

While the council was in favor of the new ordinance, not everybody else was.

“Tourism is a $1.1 billion industry in Chattanooga,” said resident Beth Palmer. “For tourism to continue, there [have] to be appropriate accommodations.”

Palmer said that she and others felt the council moved too hastily on the decision.

The ordinance took effect immediately today.

It could be in effect up to January 9, 2023.

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