The Long and Short of It
- May 04, 2017
Do you allow Airbnb or other short-term rentals at your community? This month, MHN and Kingsley Associates ask residents what they think of this.
“Focus should be placed on retaining more long-term residents and less short-term corporate occupants. Upgrade the apartments of long-term residents and take care of the people who live there already.” —Seattle
“Building management seems to come down hard on long-time residents, yet they turn a blind eye to the Airbnb abuse that takes place. The problem is some of the customers are inconsiderate to people who call the building home.” —Chicago
“Have fewer Airbnb rentals. The lovvy sometimes looks like a hotel lovvy with everyone toting luggage around.” —Boston
“I am away on business frequently and would like to Airbnb my apartment for supplemental income while I am away. My Airbnb profiling is strict in terms of screening, but I was still told there is a strict no-Airbnb policy regardless.” —Minneapolis
“I don’t care for the highly transient nature of the residents/guests. I’ve met multiple guests in the hallways that tell me they’re just staying for a few days and booked via Airbnb. This undermines the security of the complex.” —Houston
“I have been living here for four years and experienced a massive degradation of the quality of the building and the community due to Airbnb rentals. We have people leaving their waste in the hallway and an overall feeling of dirtiness in the building.” —Denver
“I probably would have leased the apartment if I could have gotten a month-to-month lease. For now, Airbnb is perfect for the next two or three months.” —Santa Fe, N.M.
“I would appreciate a more relaxed Airbnb option to offset costs for those of us that travel consistently or are off-site regularly.” —Portland, Ore.
“It doesn’t seem fair that we are paying a lot to live here and have access to the amenities, but we have to share the space with people who don’t pay rent here or have the same level of concern for the property.” —San Diego
“It is essentially a hotel for Airbnb and short-term rentals. The people who lease apartments are just re-renting them online for weekends. This results in no parking, litter and overly crowded elevators.” —Austin, Texas
“Our management posted signs saying Airbnb is not allowed, yet they do nothing about the units that are obviously used solely for Airbnb. We just want the rules to actually be enforced.” —Washington, D.C.
“The amount of Airbnb rentals is ridiculous, but we are not allowed to sublet our place. It’s highly unfair and unprofessional that I have to deal with tourists in my own residence, yet I can’t even receive a high level of service from management.” —Nashville, Tenn.
“The increase of vacation rentals at the property have impacted our quality of living here. There are crowds in the elevators, people all over the hallways and downstairs waiting for Ubers, and guests smoking on their balconies.” —Las Vegas
“The place is becoming more and more of an extended hotel and less of a residence. There is no sense of community.” —Scottsdale, Ariz.
“The security of the building has become poor due to an unacceptable number of apartments rented on a daily/weekly basis. Non-residents are waiting for actual residents to open teh gate so they can enter the garage to park their unauthorized car.” —Santa Monica, Calif.
“The transient population has increased, which has led to increased crime in the garage areas and loitering in and around the property.” —Austin, Texas
“This is a very transient community with short-term leases and Airbnb, which makes it feel not like a permanent home or community.” —Alexandria, Va.
“We are considering renewing our lease due to the flexibility of having a short-term lease option.” —Harrison, N.J.
“We should be allowed to list our units on Airbnb if we’re out of town for an extended period of time.” —Seattle
“We’ve been interrupted by people who are only staying a few days or for a short period of time. There are luggage carts taking up all the elevators, kids in the common areas and non-residents occupying the amenities and resources.” —Chicago