Thinking of buying a vacation rental that I may retire to in 15 years. I recently found out its illegal to do a short term rental in the FQ.

Asked by Sandy Blanton, Pensacola, FL Wed Jan 16, 2013

I want to be within walking distance of the quarter. What areas would you recommend? Must be able to do transient rental. Prefer single family house or duplex/tri/quad but could tolerate condo as last resort. Potential rental income paramount factor. Thx in advance.

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Lisa Heindel, Agent, New Orleans, LA
Thu Jan 17, 2013
The actual minimum rental requirements (without being a B&B or hotel) are 60 days in the Quarter, 30 days in any other area of the city. Historically, there has been little enforcement, but there is a renewed interest by both residents and the City in cracking down on these private short term rentals.

Just outside of the FQ are the Marigny and the Warehouse district.
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Brandifrabbi…, Home Buyer, New Orleans, LA
Mon Feb 11, 2013
Try the CBD or Warehouse District
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ian cockburn, Agent, New Orleans, LA
Sun Feb 3, 2013
You should buy a duplex around a growing neighbourhood, or a neighbourhood with the potential based on new schools, new infrastructure. Also very seriously consider being close to a parade route.

If rental income is paramount, your goal should be getting a long term tenant in place. Ultimately look for a triplex, otherwise a duplex that is already renovated that comes with a tenant.

Examples, (but not exclusive) with the best value right now would be:
1) Around City Park
2) Around Rampart St at FQ
3) Areas Uptown
Every 6 months, the markets within neighbourhoods are changing. There are huge changes happening in every part of the city related to infrastructure, restaurants, schools and even parade routes.

To tie down the specifics all depends not what is out there, but how much money you have to leverage a deal, when you are buying and how you are financing. Once we have that defined I can find you something to fit your needs.

Even if it was legal, vacation rentals can be a pain in the alkaida. Leave the vacation drama to the hotels..and focus on slow steady growth that provides you a specific rate of return and enough depreciation to avoid taxes now on your Schedule C, while building equity in your pocket.
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Emily E. Wri…, , New Orleans, LA
Thu Jan 17, 2013
Hi. I'm a licensed realtor whose area of expertise is the short-term, luxury, corporate rental market.
Please take a look at our website,
We work with clients just like you, interested in this type of investment. We are a turnkey operation.
We can assist you in buying, decorating, leasing and managing your property.

In answer to your inquiry, the City Ordinance, as it stands now, requires a minimum rental in the French Quarter of 60 days and 30 days in other parts of the City. Some condominium associations require 90 days.

I would apprecite the opportunity to speak with you in detail about the pros/cons of single family vs. condo, which neighborhoods are most popular with short term renters, how we could lease and manage your investment and any other questions you may have regarding your long term real estate investment options in New Orleans.

In addition to being a licensed realtor and expert at the short term rental market, I spent nearly 20 years owning/managing a local hotel, so I'm very familiar with the requests of New Orleans visitors and residential investors.

I look forward to the opportunity to speak with you
Emily Wright
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Stephanie Ca…, Agent, Metairie, LA
Thu Jan 17, 2013
I recently heard, as well as read an article in the Gambit, that it is illegal to do a short term renal less then 2 months in the FQ or 3 months anywhere else in New Orleans without a bed and breakfast permit. This would mean you could still lease your place as long as the term is at least a 2 month lease. I recommend you contact the Vieux Carre commission to verify. The Marigny is an area of town within walking distance of the FQ.
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