NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Nashville neighborhood activists came in droves to a public hearing to argue that property owners who rent out their homes through websites such as Airbnb are driving up rents and filling residential areas with party houses.

The Tennessean ( ) reports that the activists squared off against hosts during a lively two-hour hearing before the Metro Council on Tuesday as both sides debated a bill outlining regulations for short-term rental properties to replace a prior ordinance that was ruled unconstitutional in October.

Activists urged the council amend the bill to outlaw non-owner-occupied short-term rental properties, which are frequently owned by investors.

Supporters of the rentals said they aren't against all regulations but argued they shouldn't be stopped altogether from making a living.

The bill was deferred for consideration until next month.

Information from: The Tennessean,

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