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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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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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Short-term rentals irk condo groups (MA)

Piers and some other condo owners in Massachusetts who have made a second career of renting their homes on Airbnb, HomeAway, and its subsidiary, VBRO, are getting an unwelcome reception from their neighbors. Condo associations are scrambling to update their

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Strata councils aim to contain short-term rental services like Airbnb

Strata councils are rewriting rules to keep the growth of short-term rental services such as Airbnb out of their condos and townhouses.  Some are looking to aggressively enforce the filling out of a so-called Form K, which the provincial Strata

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What to Do When AirBNB Moves into Your Condominium Complex?

Many condominium corporations have had to struggle with owners (or occupants) leasing their units on short-term basis, through AirBNB or other similar short-term rental organizations. These kinds of rentals increase traffic and the burden on the rest of the condominium

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Million-dollar condo owner allegedly running illegal bed-and-breakfast (NY)

It’s like Airbnb on ­steroids.  An East Side condo board is suing the owner of a two-bedroom apartment with a sprawling balcony who allegedly makes his unit available to guests paying up to $200,000 for six weeks.     Read the

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Airbnb operator in limbo after Quebec announces regulation

For the last month, Michael has been taking part in what he thinks of as a democratic and technological revolution.  With his Airbnb listings for a Montreal condo, his family home a few kilometres away and a Mont-Tremblant condo, his

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Lawmakers struggle with Ubers, Airbnbs of the world (FL)

The cost of hailing a ride with your cellphone or booking a private-home room for the night could rise under bills pending in the Legislature this year, even as lawmakers struggle to adapt state laws to new business technologies and

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2015 Legislative Session Preview: Will Airbnb make itself at home in Florida?

What does it mean to own property? Are app-based lodging and transportation services showing the way toward an enlightened age of the Sharing Economy or simply enabling a kindler, gentler gentrification? Can I crash at your parents’ house in Boca

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AIRBnB is Infuriating the Neighbors. Is It Time for 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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Airbnb causing condo conflict in Vancouver

Airbnb rentals are increasingly popular with travellers looking for cheap accommodations. The short term rentals are also a hit with homeowners hoping to make some extra cash. But what do the neighbours think—especially if you’re in an apartment building?   Read

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Airbnb changing condo landscape (ON)

Over the past few years, Airbnb has exploded as a web site that connects people with spare rooms to travellers looking for short-term rentals.   In 2011, the site listed 50,000 rooms, a number that has grown to more than 555,000

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Man who rented out condo fined $106K (CA)

If you own a luxurious condo in downtown and want to make some easy money, you can rent out your unit for a weekend via popular sites like Airbnb, Craigslist and Vacation Rentals By Owner.  Just don’t let your Homeowners

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Airbnb Gets Banned From Condo Complex After Guest Caused $10,000 Of Damage That Airbnb Won’t Cover

L.A. interior designer Amanda Wong is on the hook for over $10,000 damages after an Airbnb guest stuffed feminine products into her condo’s toilet and repeatedly flushed it, causing the toilet to overflow, the pipes to back up, and water

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