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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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When Apartments Become Hotels – Fined for Using Airbnb;

I own a unit in a condominium. Last year, while I was on a road trip, I rented out my apartment on Airbnb.com. After I returned, the condo board levied a $1,000 fine against me. No call, no email, just

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Airbnb.com renter turns into ‘nightmare’ squatter, threatens to sue homeowner (CA)

A woman who rented out her home using the popular website Airbnb.com recently found herself living what she calls a nightmare.    She said, the guest was supposed to only stay about a month and a half, but now he’s

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City Council finalizes ordinance to legalize Airbnb style rentals here (OR)

Portland city commissioners informally agreed Wednesday to legalize Airbnb-style short-term rentals in single-family homes, if the host pays a $180 permit fee, gets their home inspected every six years, pays lodging taxes and lives on-site at least nine months out

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Airbnb’s New Terms of Service Are About Taxes, Law Breaking and Evictions

When it comes to big changes, Airbnb is on a tear of sorts as it seeks to appease regulators, calm investors, and prevent users from running scared.    Read more………

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Website raises legal questions about homeowners and tenants hosting travelers

Orsi says the problem is that lawmakers did not foresee the complications that arise in a shared economy model, nor did they anticipate the kinds of collaborative relationships being formed with companies like Airbnb. She believes that people should have

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