Short-term rentals, like Airbnb, HomeAway and VRBO (a branch of HomeAway), have caused controversy in Nashville. Some believe they benefit the city. Others feel like they are hurting neighborhoods. Ayrika Whitney/USA TODAY NETWORK - Tennessee
The newly approved ordinance falls far short of banning all short-term rentals in the city. It's instead aimed at phasing out one particular type — investor-owned short-term rentals in residential-zoned neighborhoods.
Critics have complained this type, known as non-owner occupied short-term rentals, have turned residential homes into disruptive party hotels and uprooted longtime residents in place of businesses that don't belong next to homes.