Airbnb regulations starting January 1st may create new opportunities for Denver private investigators
A recent article in Bloomberg focused on how evicted tenants were using private investigator firms to secure evidence that former landlords were running an illegal Airbnb. According to writer David M Levitt, the business finding proof that a "landlord is violating city ordinances limiting the use of private homes for short-term rentals. It’s very lucrative work nowadays in San Francisco, the city that’s come to represent America’s shortage of affordable housing." This gives private investigators a completely new role in cities like San Fransiscos, New York and also Denver, that suffer from a shortage of available housing.
"The sharing economy has provided new opportunities for grifters to game the system. So-called Airbnb squatters—like the pair of brothers who refused to leave a Palm Springs condo in the summer of 2014 after paying one month's rent—have become more common. It's enough of an issue that Airbnb has a page devoted to the topic; it warns that local laws may allow long-term guests to establish tenants' rights."
"The crazy story of the professor who came to stay and wouldn't leave" published in Mother Jones by Ian Gordon followed the story of someone who hired a private investigator to research the background of a tenant she found using SabbaticalHomes.com a site for short term renters in academia. When the tenant, a tenured professor at Sarah Lawrence, failed to make timely rent payments she hired a private investigator to look into his background and indeed, he had a sustaintial history of evictions from sublets.
"The new year will bring the first threat of fines under Denver’s new vacation rental rules, and there appear to be plenty of potential targets" began The Denver Post's latest update by Jon Murray. Perhaps it will bring new clients, as well.
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