Short Term Rentals

On May 21st, the Raleigh City Council implemented rules pertaining to short term housing rentals (STR’s), which most commonly come in the form of AirBnB or VRBO. In short, the rules say: Whole-house rentals are only allowed in mixed-use zoning A full-time property resident must be present during the rental A max of two adults are allowed, plus their minor …

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Equality vs. Equity

In today’s political climate, these two words seem to be used interchangeably. “What is equal must also be equitable.” In reality, we’re talking about two completely different things. From a municipal standpoint, it breaks down like this: “Should all available city services be provided to each and every Raleigh district?” <– This is a question of equality. “Should the areas …

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Affordable Housing

The issue of “affordable housing” is a difficult one, to say the least. For starters, it’s entirely subjective. What is affordable to you might not be affordable to me, or vice versa. Affordable housing has a working definition that typically says that if you earn less than 60% of Raleigh’s Area Median Income (AMI), you qualify for assistance. Raleigh’s AMI …

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