Regulate short-term rentals in New Orleans or shut them down: Kerry Ranson |

Another successful Mardi Gras has come and gone. Thousands of visitors came to New Orleans to enjoy the “greatest free show on earth.” How many of them stayed in an unlicensed, unregulated rental? A July 2014 University of New Orleans Hospitality Research Center study reported that approximately 100,000 visitors to New Orleans in 2013 stayed in private home rentals. While we don’t know the exact count, it’s clear that many of those rentals were illegal, and it’s high time to do something about it.