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BBK Offers Free Webinar on Short-Term Rentals: Burdens and Opportunities

April 7, 2017
Best Best and Krieger will offer a free one-hour webinar on April 27 on short term rentals and problems that can arise for local governments.
Municipalities have tools to combat these problems. During the webinar, land use attorneys Mark Easter, Josh Nelson, Sam Emerson and Todd Leishman will provide practical regulatory and litigation solutions available to public entities for dealing with short-term vacation rentals.
Short-term vacation rentals like Airbnb, VRBO, and Flipkey have made finding vacation rooms much easier, but can create problems for cities and counties. The rapid rise of this new form of travel lodging has eroded housing stock in many cities and caused rents to spike. As neighbors are replaced by tourists, it can affect the residential character of neighborhoods. Formerly peaceful neighborhoods have been converted to raucous party zones where continually parked cars, loud music, rampant littering and late-night parties are becoming the norm. 
The potential for increased profits has also led some owners to make unlawful modifications to their short-term rentals in violation of applicable building, housing and fire codes. These illegal conversions, if left unchecked, can create serious health and safety hazards in residential communities. Communities wishing to permit these rentals should consider how to best regulate them and ensure that rental operators pay transient occupancy tax and other assessments. 
City officials that would benefit from the webinar information include:
  • City managers;
  • Council members;
  • City attorneys;
  • Building officials;
  • Community development directors;
  • Planning directors;
  • Police/fire chiefs;
  • City finance directors; and
  • Economic development directors. 
The webinar is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 27.
Register online.

Please contact Ashley Fernandez with any questions.

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