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Fredericksburg, Hill Country, Texas challenges Napa Valley and Insurance Industry

For much of the United States, The Napa Region of California is generally regarded as the wine capital of the United States, and for good reason. The area is teeming with various wineries, making it a primary destination for tourists from around the world. Naturally, there has been an influx in properties being made available for short term rentals in that region. Napa may soon be in for some serious [...]

By |2019-11-17T10:25:12-07:00August 7th, 2019|Property Managers|

An Airbnb nightmare come true: what if this were your property?

You probably would never expect this to happen to you. But a family in Calgary, Alberta, Canada found their Airbnb vacation rental property completely trashed by four houseguests who threw a drunken post-wedding bash at the home, resulting in more than $50,000 in damage. An unprecedented level of intentional damage was done to the home, as the partygoers defaced the property owner’s artwork, blocked up plumbing and destroyed furniture. [...]

By |2020-03-18T16:10:28-06:00August 5th, 2019|Property Managers|

Coffee makers can help your guests feel at home

Part of providing an excellent guest experience when renting your home to vacationers are the simple hospitality items that you’d find in a normal hotel room. For instance, fresh linens, small toiletry items, a small supply of paper products, etc. are common items vacation renters expect to find in their dwelling. Another such item is a coffee maker – 64% of Americans enjoy a cup of coffee daily, and [...]

By |2020-03-18T16:11:08-06:00July 22nd, 2019|Home Sharing, Property Managers|

Updated Ordinance in Tuscaloosa Alabama to Allow Airbnb and Short-Term Vacation Rentals in Designated Districts

Tuscaloosa, AL amended a previous ban on short-term vacation rentals to allow Airbnb’s and Vrbo’s to operate within what is designated as two Tourist Overlay Districts within the city. The City of Tuscaloosa has been careful in its Tourist Overlay distinction, so be sure to check that your vacation rental falls within the allowed boundary here. Along with zoning rules, Tuscaloosa has implemented certain eligibility requirements for short term rentals, [...]

By |2020-06-30T10:54:47-06:00July 9th, 2019|Regulations|

Do you know who is staying in your vacation rental?

If you’ve been listing your home on Airbnb, VRBO or Homeaway for any length of time, you’ve surely run into inquiries on your property that look completely bogus. Or maybe you just get the sense that something isn’t entirely on the up-and-up. Perhaps they are asking you for your contact information because they want to circumvent the booking process, or, perhaps the language just seems like its boilerplate, or [...]

By |2020-03-18T16:14:05-06:00July 8th, 2019|Home Sharing|

Ulster, Dutchess, NY Counties Seeking to Regulate Airbnb and Short Term Rentals

Much like other areas of the country, the counties that make up the Hudson Valley have experienced significant growth in their short-term rental markets. With the injection of money from tourists come similar obstacles that other popular areas have been faced with. Residents in these areas have begun voicing concerns over the impact short-term rentals have on their respective communities. Overall the opinion has been that an all-out ban [...]

By |2020-06-30T11:35:49-06:00July 1st, 2019|General, Regulations|

Airbnb® Ordinance to Include Annual Renewal Process in Texas Short-Term Vacation Rental Communities – Hays County, Wimberley TX

After unanimously passing an ordinance aimed at shoe-horning out-of-compliance short term vacation rentals into compliance, dissension regarding an annual renewal clause has sparked fierce debate within Wimberley TX's vacation rental community. While solutions exist to insure the vacation rental properties, such as Proper Insurance® (click here to get a quote) council members share concern over medium and long term implantation of regulation: Council member Erik Wollam summarizes the debate: [...]

By |2020-06-30T11:46:36-06:00June 25th, 2019|Regulations|

Keep in touch with your short-term rental guests – and keep them coming back

You’ve had guests stay in your vacation rental property and they had a great experience. Now, it’s a year later and those same guests are thinking of coming back to your area on their next vacation. Will your short-term rental be their first choice for lodging on their trip? Or, if their friends or family are coming to stay in your city, will your guests recommend your property? Why [...]

By |2020-03-18T16:16:45-06:00June 24th, 2019|General, Home Sharing|

Are You Actually Protected? 5 Important Things Every Host Needs to Understand About the $1M Airbnb Host Guarantee.

Evian Gutman Evian is the Founder & CEO of Padlifter – the one-stop-shop for getting found more often, winning more bookings and making more money on Airbnb. He is the author of the best-selling book ‘The Definitive Step-by-Step Guide to Making Money on Airbnb’ and is an Airbnb Superhost that has hosted over 500 guests. Many short-term hosts using the Airbnb platform are familiar with Airbnb’s Host Protection Guarantee and think [...]

By |2020-03-18T16:18:58-06:00June 18th, 2019|General|

New Rules for Bellingham: Developing Short-Term Rental Regulations in WA

The city of Bellingham, WA hopes to uphold two primary goals by enforcing its recent ordinance: to maintain stable housing while protecting the safety and rights of owners, neighbors, and guests. This ordinance requires that all short-term rental operators obtain a vacation rental permit and pay the corresponding fee. Along with the permit, each operator is limited to one short-term rental property in all residential areas and the dwelling must be [...]

By |2020-06-30T11:51:11-06:00June 17th, 2019|General|
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