Boulder sets out to prove it can enforce co-op and occupancy laws – Boulder Daily Camera

With Boulder having passed a new law last week allowing people to form housing co-operatives, the City Council wants to prove now it can actually enforce the policy it spent a year crafting…

The city has no working estimate of how many co-ops are here beyond the three that have existed amid Boulder’s original co-op regulations,… For that matter, Boulder has no working estimate of how many housing units of any kind are over-occupied.

Source: Boulder sets out to prove it can enforce co-op and occupancy laws – Boulder Daily Camera

Boulder Rental License Database

The City of Boulder has recently published a complete database of all Licensed Rental Properties in the form of a CSV spreadsheet file.

You can find the official source here: https://bouldercolorado.gov/open-data/rental-housing-property-list/

One great piece of information contained in this file is that rental property entries include a neighborhood field – so you can easily get a list of all the rental properties in a specific neighborhood (example: Martin Acres currently has 482 licensed rental properties in single-family structures).

We’ve converted that file into a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, making it easier to work with. The data set is quite huge – click on the icon at the bottom right corner of the window below to view it in a full-size browser window, or download it to your own computer.

 

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

Ken Beitel: Prevent a Boulder Ghost Ship

Investigations are underway as to why the city of Oakland failed to enforce occupancy laws in the tragic Oakland Ghost Ship fire that killed 36 people this month at an illegal artists co-op. Meanwhile the safety of Boulder residents along with taxpayers, the city of Boulder and City Council have been placed in legal and financial peril by council’s decision not to enforce illegal occupancy at rental properties in Boulder.

Full Story: Ken Beitel: Prevent a Boulder Ghost Ship – Boulder Daily Camera