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Why do some neighborhoods oppose Airbnb rentals?

On Behalf of | May 15, 2020 | Airbnb

If you’re looking to earn extra money, you may decide renting your home on Airbnb could be a great way to do it. That may be the case, especially since Stroudsburg and the Pocono Mountains are popular vacation spots. Yet, you may face vehement opposition from neighbors. While it’s important to understand their objections, you can do so while finding a safe way to operate your vacation rental.

The neighborhood perspective

Your neighbors may oppose your Airbnb operation on grounds of safety. They may fear that guests will bring crime to your neighborhood if they’re engaging in revelry. And if you’re renting out your property to large groups in an otherwise quiet locale, your neighbors may worry about increased noise and traffic. Airbnb properties also tend to drive up real estate prices in neighborhoods, since homeowners can charge premium prices to rent out whole houses. In this case, your neighbors could feel concerned they will find themselves priced out of the area if costs rise too high.

Homeowners have options

While your neighbors may object to your Airbnb operation, you have ways to keep it going without making waves. Living on-site will allow to take care of issues that arise right away, and renting private rooms – instead of your whole house – could help you charge less rent. Doing so may help you get to know your neighbors, too, and address any concerns they may have. Whether you live on or off-site, you can also follow basic operating and safety guidelines. Airbnb allows property owners to enforce rules that their guests must follow. And you have the option of hand-picking renters yourself rather than accepting anyone. Operating your rental with diligence can decrease the likelihood of a ruckus on site – and keep your neighbors happy.

If you operate an Airbnb rental, it’s important to understand why your neighbors may object to it. An attorney with real estate experience can help you overcome their challenges and find a way to run it in a safe manner.