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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.

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Property Damage From Guests, Who Foots the Bill?

When it comes to repairs and maintenance of a condominium property, there are two types of repairs: repairs to your individual unit and repairs to the common elements.

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Neighbor vs. absentee neighbor: the Airbnb wars

In Adams, the state’s highest court ruled that despite purchasing the residence when the CC&Rs allowed unlimited “rental,” that the HOA could, by a majority percentage vote, change the CC&Rs to prohibit short term rentals.

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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.

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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

Prevailing Party Under Davis-Stirling Act Is A Pragmatic Inquiry, With Fees Mandatory If Prevailing Status Is Properly Made.

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

Wood said it was simple enough to post the ad and get clients without the owner’s permission, and suggested rules should be strengthened.

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Airbnb-style rentals may be impacting neighborhoods and affordable housing

Colorado Springs has cracked down on some short-term rentals to ensure they are paying taxes, but has otherwise declined to regulate the rentals so far.

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

5th Avenue Lofts took that one step further and sent out a memo last week threatening condo owners with a fine of up to $5,000 if they short-term leased.

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Study Finds Strata Residents Worried About Airbnb (Australia)

According to new research conducted by Queensland body corporate company Archers the Strata Professionals, one in three Queensland strata residents are concerned about apartment security from Airbnb guests

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Don’t You Be My Neighbor (ID)

The Idaho Legislature decides if homeowners should be allowed to rent homes temporarily despite HOA pushback

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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

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

how to regulate the growing number of short-term vacation rentals that has divided neighborhoods, the Estates homeowners association board is investigating its CC&Rs

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

The short-term rental owners responded by initiating a recall of homeowners’ association board members. Residents succeeded in voting down the recall, but the situation has only gotten uglier

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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

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Short-term rentals allowed at resort (CA)

Two homeowner association’s for the buildings voted, and approved, to amend their CC&R’s to allow the rentals

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

….will restrict the operation of commercial and business enterprises, including short-term vacation rentals

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The Airbnb Factor

Airbnb probably won’t fly in a condo or homeowners association,” she says, since many association bylaws prohibit rentals even when owner-occupied

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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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Is Airbnb Winning Over San Francisco?

Watch out — more shots have been fired in the battle between boards and Airbnb.  According to BrickUnderground, San Francisco residents recently voted against a measure that would have changed the way Airbnb operates within the city.     Read the

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Dealing with Illegal Hotel Rooms and Short-Term Rentals (NY)

When you consider the amount of money that people stand to make by renting out a room in their apartments, you can understand why so many co-op and condo boards have to handle shareholders and unit-owners who want to get

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In The News: AirBNB – Lawmakers Struggle to Legalize Airbnb

Websites like Airbnb, HomeAway and FlipKey have fostered a booming short-term rental industry that’s giving policymakers a headache. A growing number of cities are trying to formalize the rentals (defined as 30 days or fewer) and make sure hosts charge

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(Anaheim, CA) Residents Want Moratorium Extended on Short-Term Rentals

Opponents of short-term rentals in Anaheim are asking the city to extend a moratorium on homes that are leased for less than 30 days. Residents and hotel workers want the city to develop a strict policy.  One such complex is

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Airbnb is disrupting the peace for residents of strata buildings

You may not have noticed, but a state parliamentary inquiry into short-term rentals is under way and you have a couple of weeks in which to submit your thoughts.  Even if you don’t, those hip and groovy charmers from online

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DC: Proposed Laws Challenge the Airbnb Model

Vincent Orange, Councilmember of the D.C. Counsel has introduced two bills that would directly challenge the Airbnb business model.  The “Short Term Rental Regulation and Housing Protection Amendment Act of 2015” would establish a Special Enforcement Division with DCRA to

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The sharing economy versus HOA CC&Rs: The battle begins

I was recently made aware of what I believe is the first state supreme court case addressing the relationship between short-term rentals (Airbnb, VRBO, and such) and CC&Rs. Thanks to Bill White, an attorney here in Boise, for sending this

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Airbnb causing condo conflict in Vancouver

Residents of an East Vancouver condo say they’re angry an owner is renting out his suites on Airbnb, a popular accommodation site.  They say the owner, a realtor who owns multiple suites in the building, is breaking city and strata

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Like good, old boardinghouses?

In uncertain economic times, people may need to bring in additional money, and renting out a room in one’s home can be a way to do that. But there seems to be a key difference between the big business version

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Showdown at Diamond A Ranch (CA)

At last week’s Planning Commission meeting on revised rules for vacation rental permits, more than a dozen of the public comments came from residents and homeowners in the Diamond A Ranch development in the hills west of Sonoma. Most of

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Homesharing and Insurance: What Your Board Should Know

In the tri-state area, where even the most profligate among us may shed a tear or two at hotel room prices, the homesharing trend has grown by leaps and bounds, with more co-op and condo owners than ever renting out

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AirBnB is Infuriating the Neighbors. Is It Time New Rules?

You’re one of six college friends in, say, New York or even Nepal, and you want to visit Hollywood for a weekend. You can book a hotel for $75 to $350 a night, or you can seek an apartment or

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Vancouver strata councils tackle short-term rentals head-on

Some Vancouver strata councils, frustrated with a lack of action on the proliferation of short-term rental listings, are giving up on City Hall.  At two downtown residential towers, owners and caretakers are taking the situation into their own hands and

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‘Airbnb’ Horror Story: Tenant Sublets Condo, Without Owner’s Permission (IL)

It can be a little nerve-wracking — renting out your home to a stranger to make some extra money.  What if that tenant decided to make a little money of his own, and sublet while you’re out of town?   Read

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What Condo Companies Can Do About Airbnb-like Organizations

Cheap, short-term rental accommodations through companies like Airbnb Inc. are popular for travelers and condominium owners, however they are not as appealing for condo corporations when they occur in their condo complexes. Short-term renters have less reason to be invested

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Hilton Head (SC) Mayor Bennett: Fix dangerous subdivided condos

Hilton Head Island Mayor David Bennett is calling for the town to ban split units in the Oceanwalk and Xanadu villas buildings on South Forest Beach Drive that he fears cause a public safety problem and are a haven for

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Homesharing and Insurance: What Your Board Should Know

Long before Airbnb became a household word, attorney Frank Flynn was dealing with condominium owners who thought that turning their units into a bed and breakfast was a great idea. “It’s a terrible idea. You get all these people coming

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Pan Am and the sport of short-term rentals (ON)

Every week, Samsonshield, a condo security company, reports to property managers at its client sites on the suites in their buildings that are advertised on short-term rental websites. On average, said CEO Quintin Johnstone, the company gets about three or

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Papal visit and Airbnb: A temptation for Washington condo owners

Pope Francis will be in Washington on Sept. 23. Millions of people will come to see and hear him. Where will they stay?  Back in 2009, anticipating the multitude that would turn out to be part of the history made

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Condo Associations Face Off With Short Term Rentals

The buzz surrounding “short-term rentals” has been ever increasing over the past year thanks, in part, to websites such as Airbnb, Homeaway.com or VRBO.com. Websites such as these provide a platform for condo owners to rent their units on a

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Condo associations grappling with short-term rentals

After Kevin Marvinac enrolled in graduate school and his girlfriend joined a nonprofit organization, money was tight. So they listed the second bedroom in their North Side condominium as a short-term rental on the home-sharing website Airbnb.com.    Read the

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New Bill Would Regulate Airbnb, Short Term Rentals In Mass.

Many travelers are skipping hotel reservations and taking advantage of one of the hottest travel trends: short term rentals.  Airbnb is by far the biggest company matching travelers with rooms in private homes, but there are now a number of

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Florida Condo Associations, HOAs Contending with Growing Wave of Rule Violating Airbnb Rentals

A recent article in The Boston Globe chronicled the case of a condo owner who earned rave reviews as a host on the vacation rental website Airbnb. He went to great lengths to accommodate the needs and whims of his

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Has Airbnb been hijacked by strata property speculators? (AUS)

Everyday people who occasionally rent out an extra room or their whole house or flat on Airbnb should be left alone by authorities in favour of a legislative crackdown on unscrupulous professional property investors who turbocharge their rental returns by

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