N95 masks, wipes, sanitizer ads marketplace exploding on Craigslist

Ever since the COVID-19 crisis has struck North America, there is a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for front-line workers dealing with those that are sick in senior homes and hospitals. We have seen a sharp increase in advertisements for N95 and other face masks, antibacterial wipes, Lysol, visors, gowns, sanitizer and more.  Free…mm

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…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

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…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

Harmari Condo HOA Short Term Rental Finder

If your condo building or homeowner’s association has problems with AirBnB operators running illegal short term rentals, there is a solution.  Harmari by LTAS, leaders in online investigation and data mining since 2011 have launched a short term rental monitoring solution specific to property management companies struggling with AirBnB problems. Harmari provides the following service:…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

Harmari Search v2.6 released

Harmari Search version 2.6 has been released successfully.  It contains the following new features and fixes Extended email searches via integration with PIPL Added Uber and Lyft Ridesharing searches from Facebook and LinkedIn data Added license plate and mileage column to custom columns Cleaned up more bogus phone numbers Consolidated FAQ pages for each classified…mm

Investigating Facebook Buy Sell Trade Groups

Recently a flood of activity has emerged regarding the free classifieds marketplaces on Facebook Buy/Sell/Trade Groups.  Thousands of groups have proliferated and it is difficult for loss prevention, or brand protection investigators to contain and monitor these groups for stolen products or counterfeit products. The interface is rather limited in what can be investigated.  About…mm

Detect Contraband Tobacco on grey/dark web

A high cigarette tax is motivation for many to seek out suppliers that sell low-priced counterfeits, cigarettes diverted from low-tax jurisdictions (such as an Indian reservation or from Virginia). In all cases it is some form of tax evasion and taken very seriously by revenue agencies. Harmari Search plays an active role in detecting all…mm