As vacation rental websites like Airbnb, Homeaway and VRBO gain popularity, 311 complaints about party houses near Central Austin are on the rise, and city code officers are struggling to enforce regulations.
In the first half of 2018, Austin 311 fielded 868 complaints related to short-term rentals. Code officers wrote 98 citations against 38 properties.
Inside Airbnb, a website that scrapes data from Airbnb listings, showed more than 11,300 Austin listings on the site in July, not all of them necessarily actively booking.
The map below shows Austin’s short-term rental landscape: short-term rental complaints and citations from City of Austin records and Airbnb listings provided by Inside Airbnb.
Sources: City of Austin, Inside Airbnb. Locations are approximate.