1 year ago on 04/25/2017 at 1:11 PM

Thanks for all the feedback on the topic of short term rentals in PR close to Park Ridge. Last night the Council unanimously voted NO on this practice. The city can continue to turn it's back on the shared economy era, but they will have to give in sooner rather than later. Short term rentals will continue to open and operate under the radar as long as the city can't seem to "track them down". As we speak 4 are operating just on the Airbnb platform, one was served with a Cease & Desist in 2015 and is still operating!


1 year ago on 04/25/2017 at 1:15 PM

I don't think they are necessarily turning their back on the sharing economy. I think that it is best to study how other communities handle when it goes from individuals trying to make a few bucks to investors buying up properties to profit off of.

1 year ago on 04/25/2017 at 2:08 PM

Let them keep flying under the radar. Once the city sees a blip, the hammer comes down quickly

1 year ago on 04/25/2017 at 2:09 PM

Like its going to matter any way, , , its all BS

1 year ago on 04/25/2017 at 6:46 PM

I guess I don't understand the problem. Aren't there apartments in Park Ridge? Aren't they rented? So someone who's visiting Chicago, stays in Park Ridge, and patronizes the stores in Park Ridge, their money isn't good enough? And someone opens their home to a renter, isn't it THEIR problem, not the city's? Somebody please explain. I'm really confused.

1 year ago on 04/25/2017 at 6:57 PM

My husband and I ran a vacation rental through VRBO for my father-in-law's home in Maryland for a couple of years. The renters were folks in town for weddings, graduations, visiting family, etc. It was a great experience for them and for us. Have people in Park Ridge had a negative experience?

1 year ago on 04/25/2017 at 10:57 PM

I'm not decided as to how I feel about the practice of short term rentals. However, most if not all condominium buildings across the country have regulations on there by-laws against short term rentals. (Anything less than a year). The purpose for this was to prevent transient renters and create an atmosphere where long term residents (who take pride in their homes) are the ones taking care of the property. I think the fear of some communities, is that short term rentals come with a stigma of less quality. The fear that if you are not vested in the property you are also not vested in the community and may cause some to be a bit uneasy. Just an explanation.

1 year ago on 04/26/2017 at 7:48 AM

How does this affect local families who are renovating their Park Ridge home? Often they rent another home in Park Ridge for 3-6 months during construction. They are investing in the community and want to stay nearby for many reasons, including school involvement.

1 year ago on 04/26/2017 at 8:59 AM

Everybody in favor of allowing it, do you know if registered sex offenders have to register if they do short term rentals like this? I honestly don't know the answer, so not starting a debate, just asking a question.

1 year ago on 04/26/2017 at 11:09 AM

For me that's a poor decision from my alderman and mayor then.

1 year ago on 04/26/2017 at 2:04 PM

The American Hotel and Lodging Association will be happy. Not that I'm suggesting our local officials have any contact with them, I doubt that, but it is their stated aim to get local governments to enact more stringent regulations against short term rentals (as well as to lobby against any regulation designed to increase wages for hotel employees). https://www.google.com/amp/s/skift.com/2017/04/18/whats-really-behind-the-hotel-industrys-plans-to-combat-airbnb/amp/

1 year ago on 04/26/2017 at 3:26 PM

There are no hotels in PR, I assume also to avoid "transients". Our biggest source of tax income LGH cannot refer staff or visitors to find accommodation in our own community! Better those "transients " stay in neighboring suburbs who do have hotels, and allow short term rentals