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Property owners (“Owners”) interested in engaging in short-term leases should carefully consider the structure of their contracts (“Leases”). Anticipating potential disputes and consequences is essential for avoiding future litigation. A well-written Lease can serve to facilitate friendly, productive, and profitable landlord/tenant relationships. A good Lease can also help insulate Owners from liability and unnecessary expenses related to the short-term rental of their property.
Short-term rentals have become a complex topic for many municipalities, which in turn affects homeowners or Homeowner Associations interested in the issue. Various objectives of the governing body in regard to regulating short-term rentals may affect their treatment of this issue. While one municipality may want to revitalize its vibrant downtown by encouraging short-term rentals, another may prefer to crack down on short-term rentals altogether to preserve neighborhoods with single-family homeowners. The interests of property owners who wish to earn extra income from short-term rentals must be weighed against their neighbors who desire calm and predictable surroundings. Here's what municipalities making decisions regarding short-term rentals must also consider.
Municipalities adopt zoning ordinances in order to regulate the use of land within their boundaries and to provide for future growth without over-taxing their infrastructure and other resources.
Short-term rentals have become a popular way for homeowners to earn extra income when they are away from their property. Websites like Airbnb and Vrbo have made short-term rentals easy and accessible. For homeowner associations (“HOAs”), management companies, and other community members; however, these short-term rentals present various problems.
Homeowner associations (HOAs) across the country should be aware of the bounds of their authority for regulating installation of solar panel systems on members’ homes. Mastering this delicate balance will help HOAs maintain both aesthetics and property value while, to some degree, honoring the individualized wishes of their residents.
A new Missouri law may be a new cause of concern for homeowners. The new law, which restricts the ability of local government to regulate home occupations with zoning ordinances or other regulations, may allow noxious businesses to become new neighbors. The law, created in response to people working from home during COVID-19, has likewise caused concern for municipalities across the state as they scramble to satisfy concerned homeowners. This law may go beyond its original intention of allowing work from home as became necessary during the pandemic, and it is especially troublesome for homeowners in dense housing urban areas who may be more likely to experience disturbances from home businesses.
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