When you chose the neighborhood what was a selling point? Maybe it was in a good school district, maybe you had friends or family nearby, maybe it was affordable? For us, it was all of the above but also one of my questions to our realtor was “Do they allow short-term rentals?” Why? Because I’ve always been a firm believer that short-term rentals are not a good idea for communities. That’s why I’m extremely proud and excited to be partnering with Our Neighborhoods for this
Our Neighborhoods is a non-partisan coalition formed by national child advocates to give a unified voice on issues that affect everyday neighborhoods. With a coalition in every state, you too can engage and protect your community. For me, the safety of neighborhoods is my top priority. That leads back to my initial question for our realtor. Keeping our children safe from predators and other criminal activities is hard in short-term rental communities. With people coming and going, it’s hard to know who you could be potentially living next to.
What started out as a way for well-intentioned folks to make some extra money by renting out a spare room in their home has turned into a multi-billion industry. Residential neighborhood homes are turning into “illegal hotels” with strangers constantly coming and going. Ensuring that short-term rentals are adequately regulated at the local level in a way that meets the needs of the community is a top priority. Strangers are replacing neighbors and it’s becoming a large issue not only in Florida but across the country.
Over the last year, there have been numerous stories in cities across the country, of Airbnb rentals being used for prostitution, drug trafficking, gang activity, and out-of-control parties, which have led to violence and shootings in residential neighborhoods.
How to Join Your Coalition
I invite you too to join the Florida coalition or the coalition in your state. Help be part of a safeguard for your children and families where we need it most. You can learn about local issues, resources, and how you can take action in your city to help protect it and those you love.
Whether the main focus on your neighborhood is the safety of your children, diversity, housing costs, short-term rentals, or something else. We can all band together to bring these issues to our lawmakers. Be the voice for those that have to be silent. Stand up to those who may have a bigger voice than you. We can make our neighborhoods safe and we will with the help of Our Neighborhoods.