I wanted to ask the group what their experiences with unhappy neighbors and if there is anything I should worry about. We have been lawfully renting our home as a short term rental and we live in our home when we are in town. The city we live in doesn’t require any kind of business license or tax license of anything of any kind probably since it’s not a problem or something they feel needs regulating Im guessing. I have this in writing from the city as well as I emailed them asking what I need to legally operate our Airbnb.
Anyways, down to the issue at hand. A couple of our neighbors have voiced to us through Facebook groups how they dont like how we are bringing strangers into the neighborhood. No noise complaints or anything else. Just the fact that strangers are coming in to the neighborhood. We have our nightly rate set pretty high which keeps out any kind of riff raff. We also dont allow parties of any kind and maximum of 8 guests at the home and no one else outside allowed other than the registered guests staying in our home. Most of our guests are professionals traveling for business or families traveling for wedding or graduation plans, or a small group of people looking for a relaxing get away.
The neighbors have turned into bullies at this point making us feel really uncomfortable and painting our family in bad light on social media. We have a 6 and 9 year old son and I don’t think it’s fair what they are doing. In any case, I have no intentions of stopping our short term rental and I will just put up with their poor attitudes.
My question is there anything they can do that would force us to stop? For example file complaints to Airbnb or the local city even though there arent noise complaints or anything crazy going on? I’m not doing anything illegal and we have cameras in the front and backyard. Again, their only complaint is they simply dont like “strangers” in the neighborhood.
Any feedback would be appreciated! We have done everything we can to be kind and keep peace with the neighbors by the way. We even brought all the neighbors choclates from a recent trip and everyone is smiley to our faces, but on social media their true feelings come out which is pretty cowardly in my opinion.