Recent growth in the short-term rental market has caused some cities to consider new regulations.

One of the biggest players in what’s been dubbed the “sharing economy” is Airbnb, a peer-to-peer lodging platform that makes it easy for homeowners or renters to open up their homes to strangers in the form of short-term lodging. For many of the families renting their homes or rooms in their homes on Airbnb and other sites, the income from a short-term rental can provide a financial cushion, and may be enough to make ends meet. One study commissioned by Airbnb found that a typical single-property host makes an average of $7,530 for renting an average of 66 days per year.
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For the second time in two years, a negotiated settlement will prevent the U.S. Supreme Court from deciding the validity of disparate impact claims under the Federal Fair Housing Act.  The governing body of Mount Holly Township, New Jersey, voted November 13 to approve an out-of-court settlement in the case of Township of Mount Holly

Denver District Court Judge Robert McGahey has ruled that the U-MS-5 zoning of the four parcels of land in the West Highlands neighborhood was part of a valid legislative action and did not constitute impermissible spot zoning.

The four parcels, located adjacent to the commercial corridor on 32nd Avenue and Lowell Boulevard, were rezoned U-MS-5

Despite today’s economic reality, real estate developers should consider the unique opportunities of pursuing land use entitlements now.  While there is expense entailed in pursuing annexation, zoning, subdivision and related approvals, many jurisdictions are experiencing a significant drop in tax and fee revenues due to reduced development activity.  Accordingly, developers who are able to pursue