Just curious--why Airbnb?

Old Sep 19th, 2017, 05:19 PM
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If you can afford to loan $2M, surely you can afford better than a yahoo email address, yeah?
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Old Sep 19th, 2017, 07:32 PM
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The thing is, Thursday, that a residential neighborhood would say the exact same things about less than desirable renters, or someone whose yard is an eyesore. I don't really think it's a "new" worry at all. People are always worried about neighbors lowering their own property values. In my hometown, just having a rental in the neighborhood causes discord. People often lie to sell their house. If they can get away with not disclosing something, they will.

Also, it's certainly regional. You aren't going to get those party "hotels" in every city. It happens in Austin because it's Austin. It does sound grim, though. Well, actually, a lot of it sounds like living in a college town tbh. The only solution is to call the police to break the party up- seriously, do the police never come by to shut down the 3 am beer pong? Around here, that results in some pretty heavy fines, occasionally arrests.

I don't buy that people in an apartment are more disruptive than neighbors in a hotel. I've had plenty of instances that involved no sleep in a hotel and I tend to return to the ones with a zero tolerance policy. I think the big difference is though that hotels generally do cycle people in and out pretty fast, whereas you may be putting up with bad airbnb guests for a week or more.
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Old Sep 19th, 2017, 08:07 PM
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In a hotel everyone is a guest and management is there to handle complaints about problem guests (or to ignore them). If you are a permanent resident of an apartment or a neighborhood, your feelings about the disturbances in the building are going to be very different than when you are a hotel guest annouyed by other guests. After all, you will be moving on to your next hotel soon...

In any case, I live in a "charming" six-unit condo building in a city that sees a fair number of tourists. Although airbnb is not prohibited here, our HOA has a strict no-sublets-under-six-months policy. No one wants strangers traipsing in and out of the building, even if they are well behaved. We don't want to feel as if we are living in a hotel. This might have been the only unanimous vote our HOA ever had--took one minute!
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Old Sep 20th, 2017, 05:02 AM
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What constitutes "living like you're in a hotel?" Airbnb renters wish their spaces turned over as often as hotel rooms. It's rare for a space in any city to be that popular.
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