Email Metro Council: Bills BL2019-78 & BL2019-111

UPDATED at 11:30 AM on 2/4/20: Bill -111 is still being heard at the Metro Council meeting tonight. Bill -78 has been deferred.

At their meeting this coming Tuesday night, Metro Council is scheduled to discuss two STR-related bills.

  • The setback distance bill (BL2019-78) imposes a distance requirement between non-owner occupied short-term rentals and churches, daycares, parks, and schools. Read more »
  • The non-STR zoning bill (BL2019-111) creates a new “no short term rental zone” which any street or neighborhood could be rezoned to, disallowing both owner occupied and non-owner occupied eligibility. Read more »

(For more context and understanding of the process through which a bill becomes law, read our overview here »)

Here’s what you can do:

  • Email the Council by end of day Monday and ask them to vote no on these bills. The button below will generate an email addressed to all Metro Council Members.
  • Use the below text as a starting template for your message. You can copy and paste this into the body of your email to help you get started. Please personalize your message.
  • Include your home address. This is very important.

I am writing in opposition to bills BL2019-78 and BL2019-111 and in support of short term rentals. My concerns are as follows:

BL2019-78: Data does not support the claim that short term rentals (non-owner occupied or otherwise) are more prone to nuisance or lewd complaints and concerns. In fact, the last data released shows they are less likely to cause issues than other types of housing. For these reasons, I oppose the bill as is. I would also oppose the bill should it be amended to include the Planning Commission staff recommendation to measure the 100-foot restriction from property line to property line (rather than building to building), as that would significantly increase the number of properties impacted.

BL2019-111: The intent of this bill is to curb new developments from being STR-eligible in order to allow for more high density affordable housing. However, it is counterproductive because it would cut off those potential new local homeowners from being able to supplement their income by either renting out a second home in the area or a portion of the home they live in. Additionally, short-term rental taxes provide the only dedicated source of revenue for the Barnes Affordable Housing Fund. Since Metro Nashville just cut its annual contribution to that Fund in half, it seems even further counterproductive to enact this type of backdoor ban. 73% of all short-term rental permits in Nashville have been issued to Davidson County residents. Let’s work together to find real solutions to the housing challenges in our city rather than further impacting hardworking Nashvillians.

Please vote NO to these bills.



  • Plan to attend the public hearing on Tuesday. Wear blue (any shade) to show your support of homesharing. METRO COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARINGTuesday, February 4, 2020
    6:30 PM

    Historic Metro Courthouse
    1 Public Square
    David Scobey Council Chamber
    Nashville, TN 37201

Parking: There is underground Public Square Garage at the corner of James Robertson Parkway and 3rd Avenue South. (This facility is part of the Historic Metro Courthouse complex and has two entrances: off James Robertson Parkway and off Gay Street.) Located at 101 James Robertson Parkway.

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As a reminder, NASTRA is unable to provide information on specific properties/circumstances, therefore we are unable to reply to individual messages in that vein. In these instances, we suggest you contact an attorney. You can find contact information on our Friends of NASTRA page.

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