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How Aspen, CO is Dealing with Short-Term Rentals

Posted by: Mary Ann Passi, CAE on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 12:00:00 am

Offering local affordable housing units as short-term tourist accommodations always has been against APCHA (Aspen Housing Authority) rules, according to qualifications specialist Julie Kieffer. 

APCHA allows affordable housing residents with extra bedrooms to sublet their places, but the prospective tenants must be local workers who meet housing office guidelines. 

The city of Aspen also is hoping that users of Airbnb will sign up for a business license and pay sales and lodging taxes. 

For updated information, check out the Members Only section of the CHPA website or directly at www.sfaa.org.


New Bill in the Northwest Territories

Posted by: Mary Ann Passi, CAE on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 12:00:00 am

This Bill amends the Residential Tenancies Act to:

• reduce the retention period for inspection reports from three years to 18 months;
• require landlords to provide receipts to tenants and former tenants on request;
• clarify that subsection 51(5) applies to both tenancies which begin as a fixed term and to periodic tenancies;
• permit termination of a tenancy agreement in circumstances where family violence has occurred;
• provide a remedy for improper termination of a tenancy agreement resulting from a notice of rent increase;
• clarify that a condominium corporation may apply to a rental officer to terminate a tenancy and evict a tenant;
• provide that a tenancy agreement for subsidized public housing is reinstated when an eviction order is denied;
• permit orders and decisions of a rental officer to be enforced as a judgment of the Supreme Court; and
• allow for regulations to establish fees for making applications under the Act.

The Bill also includes a consequential amendment to the Condominium Act.


Le présent projet de loi modifie la Loi sur la location des locaux d’habitation aux fins suivantes :

 

• réduire de trois ans à 18 mois la période de conservation des rapports d’inspection;

 

• exiger des locateurs qu’ils fournissent des reçus aux locataires et anciens locataires qui en font la demande;

 

• préciser que le paragraphe 51(5) vise à la fois les locations initialement à terme fixe et les locations périodiques;

 

• autoriser la résiliation du bail dans les cas de violence familiale;

 

• prévoir une réparation pour la résiliation de bail abusive consécutive à un avis d’augmentation de loyer;

 

• préciser qu’une société de condominiums peut demander au régisseur de résilier la location et d’expulser le locataire;

 

• prévoir la reconduction du bail portant sur un logement public subventi onné advenant le rejet d’une demande d’expulsion;

 

• permettre que les ordonnances et les décisions du régisseur soient exécutées de la même manière qu’un jugement de la Cour suprême;

 

• prévoir l’établissement, par règlement, des droits à payer pour les demandes en vertu de la Loi.

 

Le projet de loi apporte en outre une modification corrélative à la Loi sur les condominiums.

 


How Portland, OR is Dealing With Short Term Rentals

Posted by: Mary Ann Passi, CAE on Friday, November 14, 2014 at 12:00:00 am

"Type-A Accessory Short-Term Rental Permit" allows a Portlander to rent out one or two bedrooms in their primary residence. It applies only to single-family homes and similar structures, not to apartments and condos.

Portland Zoning Code Section 33.207

  • If you are ready to pursue a permit you need to submit a Type A - Accessory Short-Term Rental Permit Application.
  • Portland STR hosts will need to prepare and mail or deliver a Neighborhood Notification letter which needs to be distributed to all recognized organizations whose boundaries include the accessory short term rental, the property owner if not the resident, and all owners of property abutting or across the street from the accessory short term rental. Hosts will need to include a copy of your neighborhood notification and a list of addresses notified as part of the application process.
  • Accessory short-term rental permits are not available via online permitting at this time.  The accessory short-term rental permit fees is $178.08 ($159 + 12% State Surcharge) for the Inspection Verification Fee. If the City of Portland inspection verifies that the required interconnected smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms were not installed at the time of the initial inspection, a $97 re-inspection fee will be assessed to verify compliance after the necessary corrections have been made.
  • Apply for a business license.  Everyone doing business in the City of Portland is required to register their business. No payment is due with the registration form and businesses grossing less than $50,000 per year before expenses are exempt from the City of Portland Business License Tax. However, if exempt one will need to make an annual filing to support the exemption request. Also, operators of accessory short-term rentals must collect transient lodging taxes (occupancy tax) from their overnight guests and remit to the City of Portland and to Multnomah County.
  • Please allow up to 4 weeks from the date your application is submitted to be contacted via telephone by a BDS inspector to schedule the required inspection. Our goal is to contact you as soon as possible, but depending on the volume of initial applications there may be delays in our ability to respond sooner than the 4 week timeframe.
  • The permit costs $178.08, which covers the cost of having a city inspector stop by and check that the bedroom being rented out was built legally and meets safety requirements — including that it's equipped with interconnected smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Portland has about 1,600 hosts.

For updated information, check out the Members Only section of the CHPA website or directly at www.sfaa.org.


How Grand Rapids, MI is Dealing with Short Term Rentals

Posted by: Mary Ann Passi, CAE on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 12:00:00 am

Today, this is the situation in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

  • Any residence being used as an Airbnb or Short Term Rental (STR) must be owner-occupied
  • Only one room can be rented
  • No more than two adults may rent a room (children permitted)
  • No more than 200 permits will be given out citywide
  • Neighbors within 300 feet are notified when a property is permitted to rent a room
  • Initially, the city proposed charging more than $2,000 in fees just to advertise a room on sites like Airbnb.com. A task force hammered out a compromise earlier this year, eliminating most of the $2,000 in fees for one-room rentals.

It appears that the Grand Rapids regulations of Airbnb are essentially focused on limiting supply. The City Commission will likely vote to limit the number of licenses, restrict the number of rooms for rent within a particular home, and limit the number of renters within a room. The city also wants homeowners to have some skin in the game by requiring them to purchase a license, live in the home where the room is being rented, and notify their neighbors.

Yet the proposed regulations appear to be silent on one important issue: insurance. Presumably, homeowners renting rooms will be required to carry general liability insurance. But is that enough? Will there be coverage if something goes wrong during an Airbnb rental?

Airbnb says that it offers a “Host Guarantee” that provides up to $1 million in property damage caused by a renter. But Airbnb’s website specifically says that it is “not insurance and should not be considered as a replacement” for homeowners insurance, and it excludes personal liability.

For updated information, check out the Members Only section of the CHPA website or directly at www.sfaa.org.


Responding to Members: CHPA Board in Action

Posted by: Amanda Cook on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 12:00:00 am

Like member companies, CHPA leaders use the fall to analyze the past and plan for the future. In October, CHPA's Board of Directors met on how to make members more successful via the Association’s programs and services. Using the recent member assessment results for what members want and need most, the Board made the following decisions:

  • Leaders found that any legislative issue that resulted in a CHPA-coordinated response was identified directly by members. As a result, Board members voted to reallocate these resources in 2015. The Association will continue to represent members when needed, as needed.
  • With online marketplaces a key and growing industry reality, the Association will continue connecting members to resources about this potential opportunity for and impact on the industry.
  • We continue with validated Board positions to engage the industry’s largest North American member companies, bringing critical expertise and business knowledge to the Association’s leadership. 2015’s Nominating Task Force will create a comprehensive matrix to identify future leaders.
  • To help create appropriate resources member needs and opportunities outside North America, several CHPA leaders will attend the ASAP conference in December. The Board supported continuing international collaborations.
  • Building on Canadian member leaders’ recommendation to develop a company certification, we will form a Task Force to develop requirements, process, etc. If you are interested in being involved, please contact Mary Ann Passi.
  • The Associate Partner representative on the Board of Directors is encouraged but not required to hold the CCHP designation.
  • Board members reviewed the CCHP policy and the validation process, approving updates to both policies. Updated policies are found in the member section of the website.
  • The Board approved resources to partner with Smith Travel Research to develop an online monthly reporting system. Stay tuned for more details on this exciting program.

If you items for a future Board discussion, please contact Mary Ann Passi. The next CHPA Board of Directors meeting is December 16, 2014.


 
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