Members of the Council Audit and Finance Committee learnedMonday that, though the city has had success in bringing illegal short-term rentals into compliance, those that do not come into compliance are falling through the cracks... However, there appear to be major problems with that remaining 28 percent. The audit found that when buildings were not brought into compliance, there was little or no follow up.
Austin Code Department Assistant Division Manager Marcus Elliot said that is because the department feared its evidence would not hold up in court. At one point, the city estimated that there were 272 illegal short-term rentals in the city, but Elliot says that number is probably higher now.