Homeowner slapped with $180,000 in fines for ‘listing illegal short-term rental’ – but insists it’s not his… – The US Sun

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A HOMEOWNER was slapped with a hefty fine for allegedly listing illegal short-term rentals, however, he insists it’s not his fault.

Several others were slapped with similar fines following a crackdown on the illegal listings.

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A homeowner was slapped with a hefty fine over illegal Airbnb and VRBO listingCredit: KVVU
There has been a crackdown on illegal listings in the Las Vegas Valley area

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There has been a crackdown on illegal listings in the Las Vegas Valley areaCredit: City of Las Vegas Department of Community Development

Homeowners in the Las Vegas Valley and Clark County areas are slowly getting licenses to post these listings as officials are banning illegal ones posted on sites such as Airbnb and VRBO.

In two cases, the homeowners received an initial warning and promised to stop but continued to post listings, leading to steep fines being enforced.

One case against a homeowner went before the Las Vegas City Council – the homeowner and the attorney appealed the fines and were denied.

An investigation by the Las Vegas Code Enforcement was launched in 2021 on the particular property after officials contacted the homeowner.

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The homeowner acknowledged the illegal Airbnb listing and told officials that he would stop.

However, neighbors kept complaining for two years about cars coming in and out of the home.

Code Enforcement got a warrant for Airbnb listings and found that the property was advertised on the app for nearly a year at a rate of $500 a day – the penalty totaled $180,000 with a lien against the home.

“I am constantly getting texts, emails, calls, pulled aside in the grocery store about short-term rentals,” Councilman Brian Knudsen Fox affiliate KVVU-TV.

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“If we continue to erode laws by not enforcing the fees and fines associated with them, we continue to lose the dignity of our neighborhoods.”

The homeowner’s attorney, Andrew Bao, told the outlet that a tenant was responsible for the illegal listing and the short-term rental activity, not his client.

“The fact that my client tried to stop the alleged wrongful activity was never taken into account. Instead, my client was fined the maximum allowed by law,” Bao wrote in an email, adding that the homeowner was unaware of the steep fines that would accumulate.

“Quite the shock, and we believe there are clear due process issues in such a scenario,” he said. “My client responded to every Code of Enforcement notice, reasonably investigated the matter, and tried to stop the alleged activity.”

Bao said his client is trying to figure out his next steps and may even challenge the decision.

Knudsen told Bao and his client to seek the appropriate remedies from the tenant if they were responsible for the illegal activity.

“The owner must stand up and take care of what’s done with their own properties,” said Mayor Carolyn Goodman.

There are at least 125 legal and licensed short-term rentals across the city, said a spokesperson for the City of Las Vegas.

A fine of $17,125 was recently slapped on a property owner who acknowledged an illegal listing and promised to put an end to it, according to county records.

However, the property owner continued to operate the illegal Airbnb with active listings for 35 days.

Clark County hasn’t started the process of distributing licenses to short-term rentals.

“At this time, we are in the process of reviewing the applications for completeness and eligibility. This process is necessarily time-consuming to ensure that the large volume of applications are evaluated in a consistent and fair manner,” said a spokesperson.

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“Applications that are incomplete or ineligible will be issued denials. After this portion of the application review process is completed, Clark County Business License will identify applicants that may move on to safety inspections based on the order of priority established by the Random Number Generator selection process.”

The U.S. Sun has reached out to Councilman Knudsen and Andrew Bao for comment.

Councilman Brian Knudsen hopes enforcing these laws will keep the integrity of the neighborhood

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Councilman Brian Knudsen hopes enforcing these laws will keep the integrity of the neighborhoodCredit: KVVU
One person got a fine of $180,000 over repeated illegal listings

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One person got a fine of $180,000 over repeated illegal listingsCredit: KVVU

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