Corpus Christi, Texas, started enforcing its short-term rental (STR) ordinance, which applies to single-family residences rented out for fewer than 30 consecutive days, on Sept. 1. Property owners must obtain a permit as of July 11, pay a $50 permit fee that will rise to $250 next year, and display the permit number on any ad for the rental home. The city has designated STR properties as Type 1 (owner/operator occupied) and Type 2 (non-owner/operator occupied), and Type 2 can comprise no more than 15 percent of the properties on each side of a residential block. STRs are prohibited in single-family-zoned areas on Padre and Mustang islands. When applying for a permit from the city, STR owners must provide a 24-hour contact number, a list of owners or agents associated with the property, a sketch of the floor plan that details escape routes, and self-certification that the owner or responsible party has satisfied insurance and safety requirements. The property is also subject to Corpus Christi's 9 percent hotel/motel occupancy tax. The city set up a website featuring a link to STR permit applications, information on locating a vacation home in Corpus Christi, contact data for reporting violations, FAQs, and an introductory video.
Corpus Christi Business News (09/07/22)