Take the Short Term Rental Ordinance Survey

Find your Sister City / County for Tourism! If your municipality is struggling with short term rentals, consider taking a 10 minute survey to gain valuable insights into what matters in writing (or updating) a short term rental ordinance. The steps are simple Answer a few questions on tourism drivers in your City or County

Harmari announces Short Term Rental 10.3 Release

Harmari proudly announces the latest update to the Short Term Rental web portal version 10.3.  The following new features have been included in this release Dynamic interactive heat map providing real-time short term rental inventory data Improved duplicate detection combining image and meta-data Enhanced in-jurisdiction STR detection within 0.5 km of boundary-limit Enhanced County level

Beware the zombie short term rental listings!

Beware the zombies!  In light of Halloween today, many of our clients are not aware that short term rental listings can be in a state of inactivity while on the surface seeming to be active.  This phenomenon is termed “zombie listings”.  While the earthly zombies have pale grey skin, various facial disfigurations, and general ghastly

You may be over-paying for your next short term rental booking – watch out for drop-hosters!

Be careful on your next booking on AirBnB, VRBO, Flipkey or other popular short term rental website.  Why?  Because now we have drop-hosters.  Don’t believe me?  Take a look at these 2 AirBnB listings and tell me what’s different: There is nothing different about the short term rental that you’re going to get when you

City of La Quinta selects Harmari for Short Term Rental Compliance

Harmari is pleased to announce that the City of La Quinta has contracted with LTAS Technologies Inc. to provide identification, monitoring, outreach and compliance services for their Vacation LQ program for the next 3 years.  The Harmari product has several components to achieve an increased level of compliance to bring all Short Term Vacation Rental

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,

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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

High Profile E-commerce Sellers

E-commerce has exploded and has literally transformed the retail landscape over the past 10 years.  Many e-commerce sites have grown with the Ebay auction website, Etsy for hand-crafted goods, and the e-commerce giant Amazon and its Amazon Marketplace.   Online e-commerce sellers with high gross sales (Based on transaction or review-based estimates) can prove to

Cash Economy / Taxable Services

Repair of tangible personal property is taxable in many states, and also is prone to cash-based transactions.  Therefore, there is a significant risk of a cash economy and state sales tax not being collected.  Many online websites have appeared where consumers can look for reputable service providers such as AngiesList, HomeAdvisor or Craigslist.  These websites

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