Identify Illegal Short Term Rental Properties

Many reasons exist why a short term vacation rental (STR) property may be considered illegal.  From a municipal government standpoint, it could be against ordinance to operate a short term rental in a particular zoning area.  Even if a short term rental operator has a permit, by having more people over than the maximum occupancy,…mm

Will visiting someone’s Facebook page put you on their “People You May Know” List? (Page 3)

Previous Page Second Experiment The follow on experiment was to eliminate the possibility that Irwin, the fake profile, was the cause why PYMK wasn’t triggering.  So I asked Vicky to visit some of my friends that were not her friends to see whether that would trigger PYMK.  She visited them each a different number of…mm

Will visiting someone’s Facebook page put you on their “People You May Know” List? (Page 2)

Previous Page Anecdotes from the Blogosphere I have heard some anecdotal evidence of this phenomenon, both from word of mouth and from internet sources outlined below in screenshots: The Experiment But how can we confirm this phenomenon exists?  I set up a little experiment. I had a friend name Vicky use my fake Facebook profile…mm

Switch over to our Short Term Rental Compliance service and save

Hundreds of municipalities are working on identifying and monitoring short term vacation rentals (STRs) to make sure they are in compliance with ordinances, properly licensed and permitted, and collecting lodging taxes.  In fact some have selected a vendor to outsource this work.  However, that vendor may not be delivering on all the leads that can…mm

Announcing Harmari Search Release v3.1

Harmari announces a new release of Harmari Search v3.1.   It contains the following changes: Significant overhaul and improvement of Alerts, especially phone number Alerts Add LetGo to CLPS as new data source Improved phone number density to 30% for major cities Fixed the Live link “View” in Forensic View Block User from searching by Email…mm

5 Tips for issuing Short Term Rental Permit Numbers

When municipalities seek to regulate short term rentals, often something that is overlooked is the permitting system.  In fact the permit number has significant value to Code Compliance departments that have to make sure everyone’s on the same level playing field.   Here are some suggestions on how to design permit numbers: Always put the year…mm

New logistics and fulfillment matching services have sales tax implications

The advent of sharing economy B2C services has spawned new B2B services for businesses that have a significant e-commerce operation.  For example, Darkstore is a company that offers a mobile app containing shipping and logistics providers in a database.  In fact their website advocates “same day service fulfillment” for e-commerce sites.  This has obvious implications…mm

Announcing Harmari Search v2.9 Release

Announcing the new release 2.9 of Harmari Search, which includes the following features: Improved phone number collection Adjust Forensic View to new phone number collection method Fixed bug with URL-to-PDF conversion on API Balanced data collection workload across different servers Fixed bug with Other Ads – Internal Server Error Add ‘trailers’ category to CL Missing…mm

Solve for X – The Short Term Rental Tax Gap

Harmari recently released a 20-minute training video on the technical challenges associated with detecting short term rentals (STRs, also known as STVRs) that are non-registered or under-reporting for lodging tax (also known as TOT, transient lodging tax, transient occupancy tax, bed tax, accommodations tax, etc).  Key metrics are discussed that help estimate identification and monitoring…mm

New device may solve short term rental noise issues

David Krauss, the founder of NoiseAware, has developed technology that detects party house activity, excessive noise and alerts the short term rental (STR) operator before the neighbours complain and the cops show up.  Marketed as a “smoke detector for noise”, the device works by connecting wirelessly to the residence’s network, and will notify by email…mm