For the New Year and the 2017 legislative session, community associations should be reviewing their current rental provisions and deciding whether to propose any amendments to address minimum rental terms.
If your association has a problem with short term rentals in the community and would like to adopt amendments to the governing documents to address those issues, the amendment should be approved and recorded as soon as possible.
For example, some governing documents require rentals to be for a minimum of 6 months, or 12 months, so that the residential nature of the community may be maintained. The documents could also be amended to clarify that the listing of a property in the community on a hotel-lodging type site constitutes a violation in addition to the short-term occupancy being the violation.
In addition, there has been a bill filed, SB 188, that would prohibit local governments from adopting ordinances limiting the duration of vacation rentals. This bill would primarily impact community associations without minimum lease terms, as it will limit the ability of your local government to offer your association much help.