City of Henderson Allows Lodging Service Airbnb to Operate, Establishes Rules and Guidelines for Hosts
LAS VEGAS, NV – Airbnb, Inc., an online marketplace for arranging or offering lodging, was recently approved for operation in Henderson, Nevada, with the Community Development manager laying out a series of rules and legal guidelines that participating residences must abide by in order to operate in the service.
San Francisco-based Airbnb has been steadily gaining in popularity over the years as a cheap and convenient platform for hosts to accommodate guests with short-term lodging and tourism-related activities by essentially renting out their couch or home to relative strangers. Much like ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft and the drivers they employ, Airbnb does not own any real estate listings, nor does it host events; instead, the service acts as a broker, receiving commissions from each booking.
Initially approved by the City of Henderson in mid-July of 2019; previously, short-term rentals where only allowed in commercial-tourist zoning areas, such as Lake Las Vegas. However, Henderson officials changed their stance on the issue after the City of Las Vegas made regulations governing short-term rentals far stricter. Seeing a potential money-making opportunity for Henderson – it’s estimated that the city could make as much as $370,000 annually with the introduction of Airbnb into the community – officials approved the move, albeit with a series of regulations of their own attached.
According to the City of Henderson, Airbnb’s are allowed to operate in residential areas within the limits of Henderson as long as they adhere to the following set of rules:
- The local Homeowners Association (HOA) approves, and the homeowner proves compliance with HOA rules.
- The owner of the property must take a class at the College of Southern Nevada (Cost: $250. Duration: 2 days in-class or 2 weeks online).
- Pay the City of Henderson an annual fee of $820.
- Pay a 13 percent monthly lodging tax.
- Install noise monitoring systems both inside and outside the home (via a company like Noise Aware).
- Notify all neighbors within 200 feet of the property (via certified mail) that the home is going to be an Airbnb.
Rentals can range from a complete home, a single bedroom, or even just crashing on someone’s house in a pull-out sofa bed.
The allure of allowing Airbnb to operate within Henderson is obvious when it comes to a cash-flow standpoint; the service has been generating significant revenue in other regions of Nevada for some time now. For example, in 2019 Nevada Airbnb hosts ‘as a whole’ earned $53.5 million from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, according to figures released by the company. In addition, Clark County Airbnb guest usage generated $36 million in a period spanning from May 25 to Sept. 2 that same year.
Another reason for Henderson’s approval of Airbnb is a potential remedy for the ongoing issue of the unauthorized renting of homes in the area; in addition, officials have announced that they will be working with an outside company that will monitor rental websites – utilizing advanced compliance software – for local homeowners who are violating rental ordnances; those who do may face fines of $500 a day that the property is rented. Instances of holding a party or wedding, or operating with a suspended license, will also incur a $500 a day fine.
Clearly, Airbnb is a very popular service, and the government officials of Henderson – faced with the dollar amounts other areas of Nevada have seen an influx of recently in conjunction with the short-term lodging service – found it was in the city’s best interests to get in on the action themselves.
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