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Court finds that strata owners in Victoria cannot make rules to prevent the use of an apartment for short-term lettings (BC)

In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Victoria has found that planning law, not strata law, is to govern short-term lettings of strata apartments.  Specifically, in Owners Corporation PS 501391P v Balcombe [2016] VSC 384, Justice Riordan found that

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HOA Homefront: Some suggestions on short-term rental woes

Q. We own a house and a rental in a homeowners association. The association directors are proposing to raise the HOA dues on rental units because of certain “administrative” costs associated with rentals.  It seems to me that this is

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Chicago Adopts Home Sharing Ordinance

After heated debate for months in the City Council, Chicago finally adopted its short-term and shared housing rental ordinance on June 22, 2016. The final version of the ordinance affords condominium and homeowners associations protections against the growing number of

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This company finds people renting out Airbnbs without their landlords’ permission

So the Mirador 1000 has for the last few years played a cat-and-mouse game with the people in the building Airbnb’ing their units, trying to figure out which guests coming into the building are paying a per-night fee to be

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Coalition of Toronto hoteliers, condo owners calls for tighter controls of Airbnb and other home-sharing apps

A coalition of hoteliers, their employees, condominium owners and rental housing advocates are coming together to ask for tighter regulation on Airbnb and other home-sharing apps in Toronto.  The coalition, calling itself Fairbnb.ca, came to Toronto City Hall July 7

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Laws change while Virginia sleeps

In January 2016, two bills were introduced into the General Assembly, SB-416 and HB-812, one in the Senate, the other in the House, with one purpose: to open the Commonwealth of Virginia to the expansion of Airbnb and other short-term

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NY: Are More Than Half of the City’s Sublets Illegal?

Last week we reported on new tech tools that help keep illegal subletters out of your co-op or condo. Today we tell you why: A new report issued by Share Better claims that more than 28,000 Airbnb listings – slightly

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Thailand: Crackdown on condo owners confirmed (renting daily)

Condominium owners in Phuket caught renting out their units on a daily basis face fines and jail time if they do not register their properties as hotels.  Phuket Vice Governor Chokdee Amornwat reaffirmed today a renewed crackdown on owners of

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Short-term rentals become top concern for condo owners, residents (FL)

The view of sun-kissed tourists hanging pool-side on a gorgeous South Florida day isn’t out of place – except that scene isn’t only playing out in hotels, but condos.  Some of those condos that are attracting short-term renters have bylaws

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‘I don’t want my home to be used as a hotel’: Anaheim condo becomes tourist lodging without owner’s permission

What the listing doesn’t say is that the property owner is not “Marc,” but Kathy Marchetti, and that Marchetti had no idea her property was being used as a by-the-night rental to tourists from as far away as Victoria, Australia,

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County commissioners approve addendum to Glacier Lily Estates covenant amendment for rentals (CO)

An amendment to the Glacier Lily Estate’s Declaration of Protective Covenants restricting the operation of short-term rentals ruffled some feathers when it came across the desks of the county commissioners earlier this year, but it now seems concessions have been

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Dealing With Short Term Rentals

The rise of short-term lease websites (AirBnB, VRBO) has caused significant concern among condominium and homeowner associations. Repeated, short-term rentals may cause parking issues, noise, and other nuisances which disturb community residents. What can an association do to restrict these

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Napa joins homeowner group, blocks in-home hosting permit (CA)

A Napa couple took advantage of a new city law in hopes of putting up vacationers inside their home. But homeowner association rules governing their house have stepped in their way – as have city planners.    Read the article…………

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As More Condo Owners Suffer, Mayor’s Office Threatens to Cut Off Talks With AirBnB (IL)

A top mayoral aide threatened Thursday to cut off negotiations with Airbnb and push through a stricter version of the home-sharing ordinance proposed by a pair of aldermen after a trade group bankrolled by internet companies launched a “seven-figure” advertising

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Flat Chat: Short let laws will make strata life a new hell

While NSW pollies are still wrestling with what to do about online short-term letting agencies such as Airbnb, which are cool and groovy – until your apartment block turns into holiday hotel hell – Victoria is about to give them

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Quebec City is getting a new condo that not only allows Airbnb, but encourages it

Quebec-based real estate developer Groupe Bolduc has announced the development of the first condo project in Canada to specifically allow short term rentals like Airbnb. Most condos in the nation do not permit short term rentals.   Read the article………….

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Minnetonka lawsuit shows struggle for homeowners associations in Airbnb era (MN)

From Burnsville to Duluth, cities across Minnesota are grappling with the regulation of short-term rentals — an issue pitting homeowners associations against condo and townhouse residents who get the benefit of mowed lawns but also must deal with restrictions on

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Allegan County Trial Court Rules That Short-term Vacation Rentals Violate Deed Restrictions (MI)

As mentioned in our previous blog article, technological advancements have increased the ability of individuals to do short-term leasing, as opposed to the traditional long term, six month or greater, leasing arrangement, in particular looking at the new phenomenon of

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Vancouver (BC) couple suing strata after being fined under “Airbnb rule”

A Vancouver couple slapped with fines by their strata for advertising their downtown condo on a short term rental site are fighting back in court.  Nicole and Christopher Moore have filed a petition in B.C. Supreme Court asking a judge

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5 Airbnb Condo Management Tips To Avoid Conflicts

Airbnb condo rentals offer a good secondary income for owners, but not all residents are on board. Here are some condo management tips for handling the conflict.    Read the article……………

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The Rise of Airbnb: What Condo Associations Need To Know About Short Term Rentals

Instances of home-sharing have skyrocketed recently due to the rise of websites such as Airbnb.com. For a small fee, these websites connect homeowners with people who want to find a place to stay for one night at a time. Homeowners

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Chicago condo associations back Airbnb rules, but don’t leave enforcement to City Hall

Condominium associations are generally favorably disposed toward regulations, like those being proposed in Chicago, that would require condo owners renting their units through online “sharing” services like Airbnb to register with the city or pay a licensing fee – even

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Some condo associations move to block Super Bowl rentals (MN)

Several condo associations have forbidden unit owners from soliciting their condos for rent during the buildup to Super Bowl LII. Some have asked owners to take down online notices advertising their units for rent during Super Bowl week,    

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For condo owners caught renting out units on Airbnb, fines can be steep (IL)

The battle lines are clear. On one side are unit owners using short-term rental websites to earn extra income by leasing their unit for a night, weekend or sometimes a longer time period, and on the other side are community

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Vacation rentals: Good business opportunity or neighborhood nuisance?

An explosion of short-term rentals by South Florida homeowners has left neighbors complaining and cities scrambling to regulate the practice.  Websites such as Airbnb.com and VRBO.com have soared in popularity, offering travelers the opportunity to rent rooms or homes that

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Property Damage From Guests, Who Foots the Bill?

Condo property management is slightly more complicated than it used to be. We’re living in a time where you may find yourself trusting strangers with your condominium while you are away for a weekend through AirBnB services or subletting your

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Neighbor vs. absentee neighbor: the Airbnb wars

Home Owner Associations, or HOAs, have sought to regain control by passing covenants, conditions, and restrictions prohibiting short term rentals. The issue rose to the Idaho Supreme Court in Adams vs. Kimberly One Home Owner’s Association. In Adams, the state’s

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NSW (Australia): Airbnb – Is Your Strata Building Becoming a Party Hotel?

The rapid expansion of Airbnb and other online letting services has become one of the most controversial issues for the strata sector. This remains something of a grey area legally. However, the NSW Government is currently conducting an enquiry likely

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Irvine (CA) quietly cracks down on short-term rentals

Irvine, not any beach city or Disneyland’s hometown of Anaheim, has seen the biggest jump in Orange County in the number of homeowners offering to rent out their properties via online vacation-rental services, data show.   Read the article………..

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Court Found HOA Could Fine For Short-Term Vacation Rental Activities But Awarded Fairly Small Fines

Almanor Lakeside Villas Owners Assn. v. Carson, Case No. H041030 (6th Dist. Apr. 19, 2016) (published) involves a $101,803.15 fees/costs award to a prevailing homeowner association against homeowners who were found to have violated short-term vacation rental CC&R provisions but

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Victoria (BC) homeowner horrified after tenant lists condo on AirBnB

A Victoria condo owner said she was shocked to learn a tenant she trusted was illegally renting out her unit on the popular home-sharing site AirBnB.    Read the article…………..

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Airbnb-style rentals may be impacting neighborhoods and affordable housing

The growing popularity of short-term rentals — marketed on popular Internet sites like Airbnb and VRBO — apparently is beginning to change neighborhoods, putting a squeeze on affordable housing as landlords find they can make more money renting short-term than

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Minneapolis condo owners threatened with $5,000 fine for Super Bowl rentals

US Bank Stadium is still months away from completion and nearly two years away from hosting Super Bowl LII, yet listings for places to stay are already popping up on sites like VRBO and Airbnb.  At least one is asking

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Study Finds Strata Residents Worried About Airbnb (Australia)

International room letting service Airbnb is facing increasing resistance from strata residents, with a substantial number concerned about a stream of strangers entering and leaving their buildings.  According to new research conducted by Queensland body corporate company Archers the Strata

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Don’t You Be My Neighbor (ID)

Frost went to his local legislator, Donnelly Republican Rep. Terry Gestrin, and pled his case. Gestrin crafted a bill that would take away HOAs’ abilities to prohibit short-term rentals. It doesn’t affect long-term rental leases.   Read the article…………

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Rise in Airbnb renters causes security concerns for Edmonton condo-dwellers

Commotion in the night, clomping of feet and chatter of strangers in the hallways due to a “revolving door” of Airbnb tenants has become cause for concern among Edmonton’s condo-dwellers, according to lawyer Robert Noce.     Read the article…………..

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Association seeks legal counsel on short-term rentals (CA)

As the City of San Diego is trying to figure out how to regulate the growing number of short-term vacation rentals that has divided neighborhoods, the Estates homeowners association board is investigating its Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs) and seeking

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Anaheim (CA) Neighborhood Has Become a Cautionary Tale of Sharing Economy

Just two years ago Anaheim’s Sherwood Village was a sleepy community of town homes near Disneyland — a typical Orange County suburb where neighbors for the most part knew each other and the streets were pretty much quiet by sundown.

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Georgia Legislators Entangled in Downtown Airbnb Dispute

Landmark is a unique condo building in that the bylaws have no rental cap restrictions. Therefore, unlike most buildings in the city, owners are free to rent their units out without fear of fines or liens. In fact, a listing

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Short-term rentals allowed at resort (CA)

Two homeowner association’s for the buildings voted, and approved, to amend their Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&R) to allow the rentals and to request consideration from the council to be included in the zone. According to several of those residents/owners,

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Short-term rentals banned by Glacier Lily HOA (CO) starting 2018

A recent amendment to the Glacier Lily Estate’s Declaration of Protective Covenants will restrict the operation of commercial and business enterprises, including short-term vacation rentals, effective January 2018.   Read the article………..

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The Airbnb Factor

Broker-owner Carla Muss-Jacobs of Buyers Agent Portland is getting a lot of phone calls from a certain kind of buyer lately. Several times a month, people call her Portland, Ore., office looking for properties to turn into Airbnb short-term rentals.

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“Getting away” in an HOA: What can associations do about vacation rentals? (WA)

Vacation rentals are incredibly popular today. They provide extra income to homeowner “hosts” and inexpensive accommodations to vacationing “guests,” but can impose unwanted burdens on community associations. What can associations do to address these burdens?    Read the article………..

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Colorado HOAs can now restrict short-term rentals

Can HOAs restrict short-term rentals? Until the Colorado Court of Appeals addressed the issue last year, in a case called , there were no Colorado decisions directly on this subject.    Read the article………..

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HOA’s Rules Upheld Once Again

California appellate court recently upheld community rules passed by a HOA in San Louis Obispo County about short-term rentals against challenge of owners    Read the article…………….

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Meeting site overwhelmed as battle rages over visitor rentals in Oxnard’s Mandalay Shores neighborho

With conflict running high over short-term rentals in Oxnard’s Mandalay Shores neighborhood, so many people showed up at a meeting Saturday that they wouldn’t all fit into the room, and the meeting was canceled.    Read the article……….

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Short-term rental issue in Smithfield (PA) now in judge’s hands

Wolfe issued notices in October 2014 that Barbara and Larry Guarino violated the Smithfield zoning ordinance by conducting short-term vacation rentals in two single-family homes the Gaurino’s own in Shawnee Valley. But the zoning board ruled last fall that township

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The Impact of Short-term Rentals on Condominium & HOA’s: To AirBnB or Not AirBnB?

Many condominium bylaws restrict or otherwise regulate a co-owner’s ability to lease the co-owner’s condominium unit. These restrictions are sometimes imposed as part of an effort to maintain property values, and sometimes to comply with the Federal Housing Administration’s Condominium

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Are Short Term Rentals for You?

Short term rentals are becoming big business, and California and the Bay Area are no exception. Companies such as Airbnb and VRBO have grown to become massive entities and have drawn a great deal of attention. So much so that

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AirBnB ‘N’ By-laws

Talk of occupancy penalties becoming harsher under NSW’s new strata laws may have people hoping that short-term rentals are also under the hammer in the July 2016 legislation rollout. However it’s looking as if it’ll be more about the number

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