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Partying In Short-Term Rentals:


Strategies For Regulating Unwelcome House-Parties


By Tim Feth, Esq. B


y now, most of us in the community association industry have had some sort of run-in with Short


 and apps like Airbnb, VRBO, and Homeaway make it easy for owners to rent out their homes for a day or two at a time and tap into the lucrative vacation rental industry. But STRs are easy to abuse.


STRs can become a burden on a community, for example, by consuming valuable parking resources, by increasing costs of landscaping or common area maintenance, or introducing strangers into otherwise safe spaces. All of this can happen when STRs are functioning normally: an owner rents her condo to a stranger for a weekend; the stranger comes in from out of town for a few days and then returns home. The stranger is  from it for a short time without investing in it. That best-case scenario is already potentially problematic.


But short-term renters aren’t always looking to use a rental as a home- away-from-home while on vacation. Sometimes, short-term renters are looking for an easy venue to throw a party or other large event. STRs are a comparatively inexpensive way to host raucous parties in part because they are


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