Vacation rental ban: Will it work?
Evanston aldermen tonight are scheduled to vote to introduce an ordinance that would ban vacation rentals in Evanston.
The action comes after residents of two different blocks -- one in south Evanston, the other in northeast Evanston -- complained about noise from a neighbor's vacation rental.
City Attorney Grant Farrar, who drafted the ordinance, says similar bans have been adopted by New York City and two small California towns -- Pismo Beach and Seal Beach.
To check how effective the bans have been, we took a look at AirBnB.com, a popular site matching would-be vacation renters with property owners.
That compares to about 18 listed for Evanston, for our population of just under 75,000.
The proposed ordinance carries a fine of $100 for a first offense, rising to $500 for third and subsequent violations.
Top: A home at 2515 Ashland that has drawn complaints from neighbors. Above: A home at 1525 Dobson that also drew complaints.