CJ Wires Jr.: Protecting what I worked for

Wow. Some people just don’t get it.

When I bought my home 25 years ago, it was in a zone district designated for single family occupancies only. That’s why I bought my home in that neighborhood, because I didn’t want to live in a hotel district.

Full Story: CJ Wires Jr.: Protecting what I worked for – Boulder Daily Camera

Prying Eyes Are Watching Airbnb Customers as Tenants Fight Back

In a gentrifying neighborhood of San Francisco, a couple exit their cab and head toward an apartment, rolling suitcases behind them. Unbeknownst to them, a private investigator by the name of Michael Joffe sits in his parked car just across the street, discreetly snapping pictures. This is not a divorce case waiting to happen or an international spy caper. Nothing that salacious or mysterious. It is instead an episode that provides a window into how bitter the feud between struggling tenants and home-sharing websites like Airbnb Inc. has become. Joffe works for a tenant lawyer who in turns represents a family that was evicted from their apartment — the one that the couple was entering that day.

Full Story: Prying Eyes Are Watching Airbnb Customers as Tenants Fight Back – Bloomberg

Fines soon possible as Denver gears up to enforce short-term vacation rental rules – The Denver Post

The new year will bring the first threat of fines under Denver’s new vacation rental rules, and there appear to be plenty of potential targets. Six months into the city’s roll-out of short-term rental licensing, most people who rent rooms or homes on online services such as Airbnb and VRBO still have not gotten on board. That’s not a surprise. San Francisco, Portland, Ore., and other cities similarly have struggled to get most hosts to start collecting lodging taxes and obtain a license or permit. Such lags often persist for years.But next week, Denver licensing officials will begin holding out the threat of fines — topping out at $999 for repeated violations — though they say violations still will be met first with a warning.

Source: Fines soon possible as Denver gears up to enforce short-term vacation rental rules – The Denver Post

Reporting Short-Term Rental Violations

Here is the City of Boulder contact information for reporting complaints related to Short-Term Rental properties:

Kimberly Barnett
Short Term Rental Licensing Code Compliance
Telephone (direct line): (303) 441-4239

As you know, the City Council has now restricted short-term rentals to 20 days a month.  Today I attempted to file a complaint against a nearby property.  After many attempts, I finally found the person who handles short-term rental complaints.  Once I located her, Kimberly actually responded within a few hours.  However, she also stated the following and I quote her:

“The new ordinance regarding the 20-day section was just passed late Thursday night.  Up until now that has not been part of the code.  Our directors and City Attorney are working on interpretation, I have meetings scheduled this week for clarifications.  I may not have solid answers until sometime next week as our admin team works through this process this upcoming week.”

Boulder City Council gets stricter on vacation rental enforcement – Boulder Daily Camera

A little more than one year ago, the Boulder City Council passed a new ordinance to govern short-term rentals, such as Airbnb and VRBO, which required that property owners have a license to rent to visitors.

On Thursday night, the City Council — much maligned for what many perceive as a lax approach to enforcement of neighborhood laws — approved a slate of changes to the ordinance they hope hold short-term rental owners even more accountable for their properties.

“The message we got from council was that you wanted proactive enforcement and you wanted a lot of it,” City Attorney Tom Carr said. The number of investigations carried out since June, he added, “is a lot.”

Source: Boulder City Council gets stricter on vacation rental enforcement – Boulder Daily Camera