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City of Anaheim to Vacation Rental Owners: Manage Your Properties With Care … or Else

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Attractions like Disneyland and the Anaheim Convention Center – combined with a desire among visitors to avoid hotels – make Anaheim a popular location among users of Airbnb, Vrbo, HomeAway, and other sites.

But many owners have found the local regulatory environment daunting. Some recent history: In 2019, following complaints from property owners, the City of Anaheim reversed a ban and phase-out of short-term vacation rentals and allowed most owners with permits to keep operating.

Under these rules, short-term vacation rental owners in Anaheim, California who opted to shut down by August 2019 must do so. Short-term rentals located where homeowner associations have banned them must close by December 2022, but those with permits can relocate elsewhere in Anaheim. Other than relocations, for now, permits for new vacation rentals aren’t being granted.

Vacation rental owners will continue to pay the City of Anaheim’s transient occupancy tax. They must also comply with a strict set of “good neighbor” rules or risk losing their ability to legally operate.

Rules include having a local contact ready to respond around the clock, within 45 minutes, to complaints and violations; supplying contact information to neighbors; limiting guests to those ages 21 and above; and compliance with a “quiet time” from 10 pm to 9 am.

Punishment for violators is severe. Two major violations or 10 minor violations within a one-year period are “grounds to revoke a permit,” according to the Anaheim Fact Sheet on Short-Term Rentals. Fines run as high as $2,500 for owners/operators and up to $500 for guests.

In this challenging environment, it’s no surprise that owners are turning to full-service vacation rental property management companies to ensure compliance with regulations – and handle everything from prospective renter inquiries arriving from sites like Airbnb to contact with renters and review management.

After all, many if not most Anaheim property owners don’t consider themselves experts at the vacation rental game and prefer to largely sit back and receive a direct deposit from their vacation rental management service each month.

For owners looking for the best full-service vacation rental property manager in Anaheim, we suggest a call with us. Schedule a complimentary consultation with a One Fine Flat expert on short-term vacation rental management in Anaheim. If you qualify, you’ll receive a free revenue projection for your property. And you’ll learn how One Fine Flat makes the entire process remarkably easy.

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Los Angeles Vacation Rental Management: Optimizing Revenue in a Volatile Environment

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What’s new in the largest vacation rental market in America’s largest state? Plenty.

As of November 1, 2019, you can only list one Los Angeles vacation rental property on platforms like Airbnb. The city’s new Home-Sharing Ordinance says you’re required to register with the city, pay an $89 annual fee, and include a valid registration number in each listing.

But wait … there’s more.

That single LA property you’re allowed to rent on a short-term basis must be your primary residence. And you’re only permitted to engage in home-sharing for no more than 120 days per year – BUT you can apply for an “Extended Home-Sharing Registration” for $850, and if you meet the criteria, gain additional rental days.

Now, before you say, “Thanks, but I’ll just keep doin’ what I’ve been doin’ and things should work out just fine,” keep this in mind: fines for listing a property without registering are $500 a day, and rise to $2,000 a day for listings beyond the 120-day maximum (for those interested in math, the latter adds up to $14,000 per week or around $60,000 per month in fines).

That’s the current LA vacation rental situation relating to owners in a nutshell. But then there’s Santa Monica, with its own Home-Sharing Ordinance, adopted in 2015 and last amended in September, 2019.

And what if your vacation rental property is located in West Hollywood? Well, there’s a separate licensing process and set of requirements for that city within a city, with fines for non-compliance running as high as $5,000. And to top it off, WeHo officials have warned owners that “continued non-compliance may result in … criminal prosecution.”

But let’s return to the City of Angels.

Last year, LA whole-home vacation rentals alone accounted for a whopping $2.5 billion in revenue. Clearly, big bucks are involved here – for the city AND property owners.

Given recent changes, it’s never been more important to optimize every aspect of vacation rental management on and off Airbnb. Rather than run the risk of misinterpreting local regulations or making other costly mistakes, many owners are seeking the services of the best Los Angeles vacation rental manager they can find.

The right LA vacation rental management company will optimize your property’s turnover rate throughout your legal rental period each year; ensure housekeeping is done properly on a consistent basis; maximize your odds of achieving Superhost status on Airbnb; make it easy to participate in the “sharing economy”; and help you make the right moves in a changing vacation rental environment.

That’s where we come in. One Fine Flat is capable of handling most everything and relieving you of a big burden, so you largely sit back and collect a direct deposit each month. Schedule a complimentary consultation with a One Fine Flat Airbnb expert on short-term vacation rental management in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Pasadena, and other areas in the LA Basin. If you qualify, you’ll receive a free revenue projection for your property. And you’ll learn how One Fine Flat – an innovator in Airbnb vacation rental management – makes the entire process surprisingly easy for owners.

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San Francisco Bay Area Vacation Rental Tip For Property Owners: Don’t Go It Alone

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It’s one of the most enticing – and challenging – vacation rental markets.

We’re referring, of course, to the San Francisco Bay Area.

AirDNA has revealed a set of extremely attractive statistics for San Francisco vacation rental owners – including, on average, a $234 daily rate, an 85% occupancy rate, and $3,863 in monthly revenue.

Earlier this year, Airbnb reported 44% year-over-year growth in guest arrivals in the five counties surrounding San Francisco, with a 43% increase in the number of nights hosted.

But with a median single-family home price in San Francisco of around $952,000 and a corresponding monthly mortgage payment of $4,254, property owners on Airbnb need to optimize every major element of the vacation rental process if they want to operate in the black.

And of course, San Francisco Bay Area property owners in the vacation rental game have competition. Airbnb has more than 7,800 listings in San Francisco alone. What’s more, the competition is by no means confined to Airbnb. Hundreds of new hotel rooms have recently been completed or are being built in the city of San Francisco.

The second most expensive U.S. city to live in also has burdensome restrictions for Airbnb short-term vacation rentals. Legal requirements cover owner residency, insurance, compliance with building codes, registration, reporting, taxes, certification, and more.

All of this points toward a recommendation from the experts: don’t go it alone. By choosing the best full-service vacation rental property manager you can find, you’ll receive invaluable advice on making the math work in the tricky San Francisco Bay Area market. In the process, you’ll discover how to obtain the competitive edge you need to stand out from the crowd. And this may be the best part: you’ll gain a resource capable of handling all the stuff most owners would rather not do themselves – from responding to inquiries on Airbnb to housekeeping, so you get more five-star reviews – while you largely sit back and collect a direct deposit each month. That’s what we do at One Fine Flat.

Schedule a complimentary consultation with a One Fine Flat Airbnb expert on short-term vacation rental management in San Francisco. If you qualify, you’ll receive a free revenue projection for your property. And you’ll learn how One Fine Flat – an innovator in Airbnb vacation rental management – makes the entire process surprisingly easy for owners.