PROPOSED HOA REGULATIONS FOR SHORT-TERM RENTALS
Each owner who offers their property as a short-term rental (“STR”) – even infrequently – could be required to register with the HOA. The HOA could then periodically share this list with the County, so that all owners who are registered to operate an STR are also licensed with the County, registered to pay County tax on personal property, and registered to pay Transient Occupancy Tax (“TOT”).
Fines and penalties could be imposed upon owners who operate an unregistered STR.
All owners who operate an STR could require their guests sign a written contract containing their Guest Rules (see below), the HOA’s website, and a statement that the owner has the right to immediately terminate the contract if the guest (or any person permitted on the property by the guest) violates any of the Guest Rules, in which case the guest shall immediately vacate the property.
PROPOSED HOA REGULATIONS FOR ALL HOMEOWNERS WHO ALLOW OTHERS TO USE THEIR PROPERTY IN THEIR ABSENCE
Owners who allow others to use their property in their absence (whether as an STR or use by friends & family) should post a sign on their property visible from the street providing a way for neighbors to reach them or their property manager. For example:
– An owner who offers their home as an STR through a professional property manager would post that company’s sign and/or a sign with the owner’s contact information.
– An owner who offers their home as an STR directly with guests and lists their home on StayInArnold.com (a free community resource) would post a StayInArnold.com sign and/or a sign with the owner’s contact information.
– An owner who only offers their home through an online platform such as Airbnb or VRBO would post a sign with the owner’s contact information.
– An owner who allows others (family & friends) to use their property in their absence would post a sign with the owner’s contact information.
Guest Rules should apply to all owners who allow others (family, friends & renters) to use their property in their absence. Guest rules should address:
– Maximum occupancy
– Fire Safety
Guest Rules should be posted conspicuously at the property and on the HOA’s website.
As an example, StayInArnold.com members have already committed to rules to benefit our neighborhoods, which you can see here: https://stayinarnold.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/GOOD-NEIGHBOR-GUIDELINES.pdf