In Nashville, car rental companies like CarRentals.com and CarRentalCarRent, as well as some car rental agencies, can charge fees for car rentals.
But not everyone is so keen on the idea.
Nashville’s new rules, which took effect on Wednesday, require car rental services to advertise their rates in a separate section on their website.
The city also requires car rental firms to post a warning in the same section stating that they may not be able to make money off their vehicles, unless they provide a receipt.
In response, Nashville car rental company CarRents said the new rules are unfair to people who have been renting for years and are now having to negotiate with a new rental company, but the city says it has no interest in forcing people to pay more for cars.
“It’s really just a business move and they are doing it in order to make more money,” said Mark Eberhart, owner of CarRens Nashville.
Eberhart said that some car companies charge higher rates than others.
For example, his CarRings in the East Nashville area charges $1,600 per month for a three-bedroom in a five-bedroom house.
But it’s not listed in the city’s database, he said.
But a Nashville attorney said the city is not going after car rental businesses because it is making a big business out of them.
In an email, Mayor Megan Barry said that the city wants to help people find the best rental and leasing companies, not take money away from them.
“We know that we have a car industry that is thriving in Nashville, and we are proud of that,” Barry said in the email.
“However, we are not trying to take money from people who need it and who have gone through the right process and made the right choices to get this car rental business up and running.”
The city also wants to protect rental car owners.
It will be a violation of the city code for a rental company to refuse to rent to someone based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability or age.