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,

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

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

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

Social Media for Law Enforcement

The article “New device may solve STR noise issues” can be found at this link: http://www.harmari.com/2017/01/new-device-may-solve-short-term-rental-noise-issues/   Recent headlines regarding the shutdown of Geofeedia’s feed from Twitter, Instagram and Facebook have forced law enforcement agencies to search for alternatives to provide actionable intelligence from social media.   Web Identity Search Tool (WIST) can help investigators in

What to expect after regulating Short-Term-Rentals

Many municipalities and counties are considering what to do regarding short term vacation rentals in their neighbourhoods.  Here are some reasons in favour of a regulated, licensed environment: Level the playing field for the Hospitality Industry AirBnb is currently seeking funding at a valuation of $30 Bn, which puts its valuation larger than Hilton Worldwide

What makes us better at short term rental compliance

The short term rental compliance industry has recently sprung up as a major concern amongst cities and counties in North America.   The challenge of ensuring compliance is that many of the major short term rental listing sites do not fully identify the name of the operator/manager and address of the properties offered.  Several vendors out

Harmari by LTAS Awarded Contract for Santa Fe Short Term Rental Compliance

November 1, 2016 LTAS Technologies Inc. is pleased to announce a contract in response to the City of Santa Fe Request for Proposal for Short-Term Rental (STR) Compliance Software and Services. Santa Fe selected LTAS and its Harmari™ Taxcrawler service to analyze, identify via public record, and continuously monitor all Short Term Rentals advertised on

Capturing and recording Snapchat video off iphone

Recently at a law enforcement conference, a crime analyst colleague was curious what technique would allow her to capture a Snapchat video as part of her investigations.  Snapchat is a photo / video sharing app which disappear after being viewed by the recipient.  It is very popular among the under-20 crowd that have been shying

Find expired OfferUp ads

New to the Harmari Search suite is access to expired, deleted, and old OfferUp* ads, the popular mobile buy and sell app. Ads are covered for the entire USA across all for sale categories including cars, trucks, boats, RVs, motorcycles and more. OfferUp is the leading buy and sell mobile app out there, ahead of