My Apartment is Listed on a Vacation Rental Website & It Shows It's Available

posted 3 years ago in Legal
Post # 17
9443 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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extraaccount18 :  I would complain to the owners about the property manager. And the police about the loud vacation renters. 

Post # 19
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Helper bee

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extraaccount18 :  Good luck, bee! I can’t imagine that the owner will be too pleased with the property owner trying to scare off a long-term renter. Since you mentioned that she is an ex-family member, I wonder if her motivations run counter to the owner’s wishes.

Feel free to post back here if you want some feedback about the email you send to the owner!

Post # 21
93 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2020

OP, where do you live? Each municipality will have different means of cracking down on short term vacation rentals. 

It looks like the building manager is trying to push you to break your lease. Have you informed the landlord and are they ok with this? Because if your building manager doesn’t file with your city properly, they might fine the landlord in the future. 

And like PP have said, document everything and make sure there’s a paper trail. Also lawyer up. 

Post # 22
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Busy bee

If I were you I’d try to get her shut down. Unless you live in a resort town, I’d be willing to bet that the property isn’t zoned for short term tourist accommodation. Call your city office and find out what the protocol is for reporting illegal vacation rentals. Then make complaints until she’s shut down. 

Post # 23
103 posts
Blushing bee

I would just tell the apartment owner that your “friend” found your apartment on this site and they said it was available, so you were wondering if there was anything wrong with your lease. 

To be honest, it’ll just tell her you know how shitty she’s being while playing innocent, and maybe she’ll be smart enough to knock it off. 

Sounds tough, I’m sorry 🙁

Post # 24
1452 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

100% get an attorney and like others have said keep documentation of EVERYTHING she says. If she posted your apartment online and it’s NOT available (because you have a one year lease), technically I think she is breaking some kind of double occupancy law. 

AND she’s probably getting some type of kick back. I would be absolutely ENRAGED if someone signed a one year lease with me and then made a bunch of demands and said ‘well you can just leave’ like go f*ck yourself lady. I would be absolutely rip sh*t. I can’t believe where LL get the balls to treat tenants like this this. 

I’m an LL and I would NEVER pull half the sh*t these crazy people do that I have heard of. And so many people don’t know their rights! Please know your rights. 

Good luck!

Post # 26
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Busy bee

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extraaccount18 :  in some areas where the zoning allows for vacation rentals there can be a city tax break given to owners who designate a certain percentage of the beds to long term renters. That’s the only reason I can think of that she would want one long term tenant in the building. 

It it sounds like you know your rights so I don’t know if there’s much you can do besides live your life and ignore her unreasonable demands. 


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