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Condominium Propert Amendment Act 2014

Posted by: Mary Ann Passi, CAE on Monday, December 22, 2014 at 12:00:00 am

Last week, there was the first and second reading of Condominium Property Amendment Act of 2014. The movement bill is Alberta #9, relating to the Condominium Property Amendment Act. Access the full bill here.


CHPA Across the Pond

Posted by: Amanda Cook on Monday, December 15, 2014 at 12:00:00 am

It was the 5th annual Association of Serviced Apartment Providers (ASAP) Conference and the first attended by a group of CHPA leaders. CHPA Chair Pam Wade, CCHP, Gables Corporate Accommodations, CHPA Vice Chair Samantha Elliott, CCHP, CRP, Preferred Corporate Housing, and CHPA CEO Mary Ann Passi, CAE, recently attended the ASAP Conference in London. These CHPA leaders experienced a real-time assessment as part of ASAP’s growing quality assessment initiative and met with ASAP Steering Committee members to discuss opportunities for future collaboration between the two organizations. Passi also spoke on the panel, Legislative Matters, the 90 day rule and insights from CHPA in the USA, highlighting how CHPA represents members on legislative issues, educates lawmakers on the industry and advocates for member businesses. Sharing these experiences was timely as ASAP members face an amendment to long-standing legislation in Westminster.

The active participation of its leaders at ASAP reflects CHPA’s global support of the industry. James Foice, ASAP’s Managing Driector, will reciprocate and speak at the CHPA 2015 Annual Conference. Foice will review the Quality Assessment Initiative at the upcoming event in February.

This ASAP event reflects the tremendous growth of the UK-based association over the past few years. With more than 350 attendees in sessions and exhibiting, this one-day event had tremendous energy and showcased many new products and services for the sector.

CHPA leaders were also on hand for the 2nd Annual Celebration Awards event at which the following CHPA members won awards:

  • The Industry Leader Award: Oakwood, Highly Commended
  • The Most Innovative Serviced Apartment Operator: Oakwood, Winner; The Apartment Service, Highly Commended

For more information on ASAP, visit www.theasap.org.uk.

Click here to register for the CHPA 2015 Annual Conference. Earlybird pricing until December 31!


Two New Bills - Just in Time for the Holidays

Posted by: Mary Ann Passi, CAE on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 12:00:00 am

Housing

NEW: British Columbia Bill 9      Condominium Property Amendment Act of 2014

Taxes

NEW: NH L.S.R. 356      Repealing the provision allowing operators to retain 3 percent of meals and rooms taxes collected.

VA H.B. 371   Local license tax. Requires that beginning with the 2015 license year, the optional local license (BPOL) tax would be imposed on the Virginia taxable income of corporations and the net income of sole proprietorships and pass-through entities. Under current law, the optional BPOL tax is imposed on the gross receipts or gross revenues of businesses.

 


How Austin, TX is Dealing With ShortTerm Rentals

Posted by: Mary Ann Passi, CAE on Friday, November 21, 2014 at 12:00:00 am

Changes to Short Term Rental legislation approved by the Austin city council include:

  • Develop an online payment and registration process for rentals.
  • Refund the extra $191 paid by some people who registered their rentals before the council lowered fees in mid-October.
  • Establish a waiting list for homeowners seeking licenses for commercial rentals in census tracts that have reached the 3 percent cap the council set. Currently only one census tract, in Travis Heights, has hit that cap.
  • Notify neighborhood associations by email of newly registered short-term rentals, in addition to mailing notifications to neighbors near the short-term rentals.

The council also decided to create an online database and map of all short-term rentals, something short-term rental advocates and Austin Police have urged against doing. Rental advertising websites, such as HomeAway and Airbnb, do not give the exact address of homes so they don’t become targets for burglars looking for an unoccupied, but furnished, home. The database was proposed to replace mail notification of neighbors, but council members decided to keep mail notification.

The council did not address the program’s budget, $350,000, which is supposed to be funded with $235 of the $285 fees to register for an estimated 1,500 rentals. The budget pays for the costs associated with hiring three staffers to register and inspect rentals.

The council also decided, among other changes, to allow renting a portion of a home, which was previously illegal.

The partial-home rentals, typically a bedroom, are limited to registered homes in which the owner is present. Renting of single apartments, condos or homes in a tri- or four-plex, which has previously been legal, will be capped at some portion of the complex. City staff is recommending a 3 percent cap, but the council didn’t decide.

As part of the original rules, passed after more than two years of often-contentious public debate, the council created two categories of rentals: those that are the homeowner’s primary residence and those that are not. The latter, sometimes called commercial rentals, can comprise no more than 3 percent of the homes in a census tract; citywide, there are 114 commercial rentals registered.

The council did not address the program’s budget, $350,000, which is supposed to be funded with $235 of the $285 fees to register for an estimated 1,500 rentals. The budget pays for the costs associated with hiring three staffers to register and inspect rentals.

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


How Boston, MA is Dealing with Short-Term Rentals

Posted by: Mary Ann Passi, CAE on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 12:00:00 am

"Any lodging facility is required to follow the appropriate zoning and building code, and there is no evidence that this homeowner sought any kind of license and approval to run a lodging facility, which is just a black-and-white code violation,” Walker said. “Our problem is not with Airbnb and the concept; it’s strictly with the fact that it’s in a single-family [zoned] neighborhood.

"Local government has a responsibility to act for the general protection, health, safety, and welfare, and it does that through certain regulations and laws as to what can be done and not done. Now with new technology, people are able to do things under the radar screen, yet those activities are not being regulated in order to ensure that things are done safely and done in accordance with all the other laws."

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


 
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