Zoning / Condo rentals (AirBnb / VRBO)

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Hi,

I'm looking at a Mother in Law and my thought is to rent it as an AirBnb / VRBO property.  It is zoned as a SF residence.  

Question:

Does zoning have an effect on renting it like this?  I'll be living in the house full time in the 'basement' area, completely separated from the guests.  I want to rent the 'top' level.  I know I need to check other local laws (the huge AirBnb debacle thread proves this), but how would I know if zoning has an effect?

This seems like muddy waters..

Cheers,

Zoning is really depending on your municipality. You'd need to call them, and ask. 

In general, zoning is driven by complaints. 

So long as no one if filing a complaint with planning and zoning, no one from city hall is going to care. 

I hate zoning.

Yes, I have called them before on a improperly zoned triplex that was zoned as a duplex.  They said the same.  They just don't have time.

I didn't know if nightly renting fell under a different heading than monthly renting, but really this is a local question and I need to get a hold of local resources. 

Kind of a dumb post. : )

Cheers,

One you figure it out, make sure to share your findings here.

Hey Andrew,

How did you move forward? (I'm in a similar boat!)

Brett

Hi,

I'm actually going the route of standard tenant rental.  Sorry, I don't have any idea about zoning vs Airbnb..

The capital cost up front was just too high for me right now so I didn't pursue any research.

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