Handling Short-Term Rentals in an HOA
August 27, 2021
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HOA board members have many decisions to make that impact the association and those within it. As services offering short-term rentals have become more popular in recent years, HOAs have to be prepared for deciding how they’re going to handle these types of services. Make sure you are taking proper safety measures such as installing gates beechboro.

Let’s take a look at the pros, cons, and what your options are when offering short-term rentals in your association.

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Pros of short-term rentals:

  • More tax revenue
  • More income for homeowners
  • Better chance of owners improving and/or maintaining their properties
  • Offers distinction in the community for a competitive market

Cons of short-term rentals:

  • More people in the common areas
  • Possible noise problems
  • Potential damage to property, which could decrease property value
  • More loitering
  • Concerns about security and safety of those in community

After going over the pros and cons of short-term renting for your community, you’ll want to think about additional actions you can take when making your decisions. Here are some things to consider:


Homeowners are responsible

Owners need to understand that everything that happens on their property is their responsibility — from minor noise issues to larger damages or parking violations. This can be low-risk but also just as easily open up the community to possible illegal activities if owners aren’t careful about renting.


Ask owners for their opinions

Have your HOA board or management company send out surveys to owners by mail or email to find out how they would feel about short-term rentals. Get a good understanding of their concerns and feelings around the idea. This will help you consider your residents first and foremost, no matter what you choose.


Your association still has power

If your local law allows short-term rentals in your HOA, the association might be able to add text to your CC&Rs for rules on these types of rentals. You might also be able to add language that completely prohibits them. Speak with your attorney to be sure any of these amendments are in line with your federal, state, and local laws.


Speak with your HOA management company

Your HOA manager can offer some expert advice on how to best manage short-term rentals. Speak with your management company to talk about the best ways to communicate with owners and residents on the subject, as well as train board members on handling any issues related to short-term rentals.

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