Is AirBnB taking over neighborhoods?
The Herald article says, "According to the hotel association report, operators who list properties for more than 180 days per year brought in $93 million, accounting for three-quarters of Airbnb’s South Florida revenue." It went on to say that many places are on the AirBnB rental market for 365 days a year, whether they rent out every day is another issue, but the point being that people are running their houses or condos as full time hotels.
I am guilty of using AirBnB quite a few times when I have traveled, I have never rented out my home for the purpose, but have enjoyed being on the other end of the issue by renting people's properties at a discount from hotels in the area. One thing I have found when using AirBnB is that of all the places I've stayed, I have never stayed in anyone's own private home, even though they claim that that's what it is. There is never any clothing in the closet, the kitchens are bare and there is no sign of daily life, so I assume they use the homes to rent out only via AirBnB. One place in NYC even had daily maid service and the owner had many units in the building which she rented out, I assumed she owned the whole brownstone and ran it like a hotel.
The whole point of this is that there have been complaints about a "party house" in the North Grove that's apparently bothering the neighbors but they don't say why. It's going for quite cheap - $35 a night and during Ultrafest $50, which is very cheap for a whole house, which they state holds 20 people sleeping "dorm style!" The address was not given, but there is a house on our block that is always full of college kids. I wonder how they can have a party every weekend, but now it dawns on me that the house is probably rented out to groups weekly. They really are not loud or noisy or messy, except for the excessive cars around the neighborhood, so I am hesitant to say anything, but what do you think about this whole AirBnB situation? Does it affect your street? Does it bother you?
I love it when I'm using it, I have not rented my own place out, but I know someone in our condo building that used to swap apartments, you know, he would stay in their place and they would stay in his and he saw the world that way, but we didn't even find out until he left, so there was never a clue and it really didn't affect us. Apparently he did it a dozen times or more. But ignorance is bliss and what we didn't know didn't bother us.
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