Short Term Rental Moratorium

Short Term Rental Moratorium

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Short Term Rental Moratorium

Many council members were in favor of the short term rental moratorium, as a way to give metro council time to see what recommendations will come from the Zoning Board next week in consideration of STR ordinance changes. Others were not in favor of the moratorium as it is taking away a mechanism for individual STR operators to become complaint with the laws and the timing being abrupt to many who are currently in the permitting (CUP) process. Additionally, there was concern for the message a YES vote would send to zoning and to the community because it could be inferred that council was against STRs, which is not the case.

Nevertheless, a relentless group of 12 individuals remained in the council chambers until the vote was complete. They held signs showing their opposition to the moratorium and gently providing answers to questions bill supporters were unable to address. It was an emotional evening. The vote did not occurr until 1 AM, following a 2.5-hour debate.

Why is this important?

The most interesting events of the evening were when one of the three bill sponsors (David James, Council President, District 6 – Old Louisville) reversed his position and voted AGAINST the very bill he supported.

This vote is notable as this is the first time metro council has met to debate the STR topic since the ordinance was first passed 3 years ago by the same body. The zoning board is expected to vote on their suggested ordinance changes next week, and submit to metro council for review shortly after the first of the year.

For information on how to register your short-term rental property with Louisville Metro government, click here

Here were the vote total from Friday Morning: Vote

DistrictPartyLast nameFirst NameSTRs in DistrictVOTE
1DGreenJessica0YES
2DShanklinBarbara0No Vote
3DWoolridgeMary2YES
4DSexton-SmithBarbara24YES
5DBryant*Cheri1NO
6DJamesDavid53NO
7RLeet*Angela2NO
8DCoanBrandon56YES
9DHollanderBill27YES
10DMilvihillPat17YES
11RKramerKevin0NO
12DBlackwellRick0YES
13DAubrey Welch*Vicki0YES
14DFowlerCindi0NO
15DButler*Marianne9YES
16RReedScott3NO
17RStuckel*Glen2NO
18RParkerMarilyn0NO
19RDenton*Julie1NO
20RBensonStuart0NO
21DLanshimaVitalis4YES
22REngelRobin0NO
23RPedenJames0NO
24DFloodMadonna0YES
25DYatesDavid1No Vote
26DAckersonBrent1NO

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Important Louisville Airbnb Dates 2019

Important Louisville Airbnb Dates 2019

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January 2019
1 – New Years

February 2019
13 – 16 – Farm and Machinery Show (305,000)
14 – Valentines Day
20-23 – Bourbon Classic, Various Downtown Locations

March 2019
9 – St. Patricks Day Parade (Highlands)
28 – 30 – Mid American Trucking Show’s 2019 Annual Trade Show (80,000)

April 2019
24 – 30 – VEX Robotics World Championship (Expo Center, 23,000)
26 – 28 – Derby Festival Mini Marathon, athletes est. arrival and departure

May 2019
2 – 4 – Derby
11 – U of L Graduation
24 – 27 – Memorial Day Weekend

June 2019

July 2019
4 – 7 – 4th of July (Thursday)
12 – 14 – Forecastle (estimated)

August 2019
30 – Sept 2 – Labor Day Weekend (Labor Day is Monday, Sept 2)

September 2019
– National Street Rod Assoc. 2018 Street Rod Nationals (30,000)
– Bourbon and Beyond (Champions Park, River Rd) – 50,000 attendees
– Louder Than Life (Champions Park, River Rd) – 60,000 attendees

October 2019
– Columbus Day Weekend
 – Ironman athletes typical arrival and departure
 – Ironman (Sunday)
– 2019 Green Industry Equipment + Expo (22,500)

November 2019
– North American International Livestock Exposition @ KY Expo Center (200,000)
– Veterans Day Weekend
– Thanksgiving

December 2019
– Varsity Brand’s 2018 All Star Cheer & Dance Competition (17,000)
 – Christmas 
31 – New Year’s Eve

Additional things to watch: 
Louisville FC Soccer Schedule (Downtown, NULU, Highlands, Germantown)
Popular events at The Palace & YUM Center
UofL Basketball and Football Schedules

This calendar is a list of events that we find bring a significant number of short-term rental guests to Louisville. Many allow for an increase in nightly pricing. The underlined events are significant. Please help keep this calendar up-to-date. If you think an event should be added or if a date in incorrect, please email details to:

Jonathan@keysourceproperties.com

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Important Louisville Airbnb Dates 2019

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Important Louisville Airbnb Dates 2018

Important Louisville Airbnb Dates 2018

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January 2018
1 – New Years

February 2018
14 – 17 – Farm and Machinery Show (305,000)
14 – Valentines Day

March 2018
10 – St. Patricks Day Parade (Highlands)
10 – 11 – KIVA Sports/Ohio Valley Volleyball 2018 Tourney (10,000)
17 – Louisville FC VS Nashville
22 – 24 – Mid American Trucking Show’s 2018 Annual Trade Show (80,000)
24 – Louisville FC VS North Carolina
31 – Louisville FC VS Tampa Bay

April 2018
6 – 8 – Junior Volleyball Assoc. 2018 World Challenge (15,000)
11 – 14 – Together for the gospel (15,000, YUM center)
23 – May 1 – VEX Robotics World Championship (Expo Center, 23,000)
26 – 28 – Derby Festival Mini Marathon, athletes est. arrival and departure

May 2018
3 – 5 – Derby
10 – 12 – National Archery in the School’s Program’s 2018 Nat. Tourney
12 – U of L Graduation
19 – Louisville FC VS Atlanta United
26 – 28 – Memorial Day Weekend

June 2018
25 – 29 – SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (18,000)
29 – Jul 5 – Athletx’s 2018 Youth Baseball & Softball Nationals Tournament #1
30 – Louisville FC VS New York Red Bulls II

July 2018
4 – 4th of July (Falls on a Wednesday, either weekend may be popular)
4 – 8 – Pastime Tournament’s 2018 16U National Championship
5 – 8 – TFNCamps & Clinics 2018 Run 4 Roses (18,000)
6 – 12 – Athletx’s 2018 Youth Baseball & Softball Nationals Tournament #2
10 – 13 – TFN Camps & Clinics 2018 Battle in the Boro (14,000)
13 – 15 – Forecastle
20 – 22 – All In Hoop Fest @ KY Expo Center. 2,000 Teams + chaperones 
20 – 26 – Athletx’s 2018 Youth Baseball & Softball Nationals Tournament #3

August 2018

September 2018
1 – 3 – Labor Day Weekend
2 – 5 – National Street Rod Assoc. 2018 Street Rod Nationals (30,000)
22 – 23 – Bourbon and Beyond (Champions Park, River Rd) – 50,000 attendees
24 – 29 – United Pentecostal Church Intl 2018 Conference (8,000)
29 – 30 – Louder Than Life (Champions Park, River Rd) – 60,000 attendees

October 2018
6 – 8 – Columbus Day Weekend
10 – 15 – Ironman athletes typical arrival and departure
14 – Ironman (Sunday)
17 – 19 – 2018 Green Industry Equipment + Expo (22,500)
23 – Elton John @ YUM! Center

November 2018
2 – 16 – North American International Livestock Exposition @ KY Expo Center (200,000)
2 – 3 – Breeders Cup @ Churchill Downs (100,000)
10 – 12 – Veterans Day Weekend
21 – 24 – Thanksgiving

December 2018
8 – 9 – Varsity Brand’s 2018 All Star Cheer & Dance Competition (17,000)
23 – 26 – Christmas 
31 – New Year’s Eve

Additional things to watch: 
Louisville FC Soccer Schedule (Downtown, NULU, Highlands, Germantown)
Popular events at The Palace
YUM Center
UofL Basketball and Football Schedules

This calendar is a list of events that we find bring a significant number of short-term rental guests to Louisville. Many allow for an increase in nightly pricing. The underlined events are significant. Please help keep this calendar up-to-date. If you think an event should be added or if a date in incorrect, please email details to:

Jonathan@keysourceproperties.com

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Short Term Rental Winterization

Short Term Rental Winterization

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Every homeowner knows that as the weather gets colder, there are a few projects to add to the to-do list to be sure the home is ready for the chilly months ahead. But what about those who own short-term rental properties? What needs to be done to those homes? If you let maintenance get away from you, you’re in for some hefty repair bills, so skip the headache and use this list to check off those tasks that are all too easy to forget. It will increase the longevity of your property while also ensuring your guests have a completely problem-free stay.  Here are a few steps to help with short term rental winterization. 
 
1. Clean Out Those Gutters
It’s one of the most common projects of the season but sometimes also one of the most dreaded. However, by removing leaves from your gutters, you prevent the later formation of ice dams, which occur when water cannot drain through the gutters and instead freezes, leading to the water and snow being trapped on the roof through the winter. The accumulation can eventually seep into the home and cause water damage. However, this can all be avoided with a quick clean-out of the gutters.
 
TIP: Take this time to cut down overgrown brush or tree limbs that may be close to gutters. Use this inspection time to look for openings in the house that could be an access point for small animals or rodents that will be seeking refuge from the elements. Not only can they disturb guests, but they can eat electrical wiring and insulation.
 
2. Give the Furnace a Checkup
It’s been a long, hot summer where the HVAC system hasn’t had to do any heating at all. Before you kick it on for the first time you have guests this winter, consider calling in a professional to make sure everything is in good, safe working order and save yourself the frustration and embarrassment of a guest calling in the middle of the night saying there’s no heat.
 
TIP: HVAC issues are the most common source of bad guest experiences in cold months. Keep 2-3 space heaters in a closet for guests to use in the event of an HVAC issue. Look for one that doesn’t have exposed heating elements that can cause burgs or are a potential fire hazard. I like ceramic heaters that automatically shut off if they turn over.
 
3. Replace Furnace Filters
Furnaces need regular maintenance in addition to their once-a-season tuneups. Find time between guests each month to go in and change furnace filters so that airflow stays clean and energy-efficient. This should be done every 2-3 months. 
 
TIP: Be sure to set a reminder on your calendar and keep a supply on site so your cleaner or property manager can handle the replacement for you. 
 
4. Reverse the Ceiling Fans
This one’s easy: when the cold weather gets here to stay, go in between guests and reverse all the ceiling fans. By having them run clockwise through the winter, they will circulate the hot air through the room, keeping the house warmer and the guests comfier for cheaper.
 
5. Caulk It Up
Walk through the space and determine if there are any drafts or gaps around the windows and doors. If there are, bring in some caulk to seal it, preventing brisk breezes and a loss of heating. 
 
TIP: Don’t forget about doors and windows as well. Draft stoppers and new weather stripping may be needed in places to help keep the heat in and the cold out. Guests like to be comfortable during their stay, and sometimes that means turing up the heat.  The more heat we keep in the house the more money kept in the wallet. 
 
6. Run the Pipes
If you know it’s going to be a literally freezing night and you don’t have guests, go to the property and run some water through the pipes to ensure they don’t freeze and cause massive damage. It can be hard to remember, so set a reminder on your phone the moment you learn that temperatures are plummeting.
 
7. Keep It Leaf-Free
Fortunately as we progress into winter, this task becomes less and less necessary as all the leaves finish falling, but for now, it’s a job that must be done. Prevent your property from looking like the Addams family manor by raking up and disposing of all leaves. A clean exterior makes an unequivocal impression on guests, so get those leaves up to guarantee a pleasant entry.
 
8. Stock Up on Snow Equipment
Depending on the exterior driveways/walkways, think about stocking the property with snow removal equipment so guests don’t wind up snowbound. Shovels are the obvious choice but also consider stocking salt to prevent pavement freezing. If we’ve had a major snowfall prior to a guest’s arrival, stop by the property and be sure all walkways are clear of snow, reducing liability risks and ensuring guest safety.
 
9) Check Carbon Monoxide Detectors
In winter months, windows and doors are kept closed as much as possible. This can cause the air inside the house to become stale, which is a perfect way for carbon monoxide fumes to accumulate.  Be sure to test carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are in good working order. And know the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning incase a guest becomes ill. 
 
10) Turn Down The Heat Between Guests
If your short term rental is not located in an urban area or in a popular winter or ski destination, chances are that winter months can be slower, which means time between guests may be longer than high season. Be sure to adjust your thermostat accordingly by turning the temperature down to a low, but comfortable setting between guests. Smart thermostats allow you to adjust the temperature remotely. But for those who have traditional thermostats, make sure to talk to your cleaners about adjusting the temperature for you.  I prefer 65 degrees. This temperature will protect your pipes, and guests can make adjustments when they arrive. 
 
Bonus Tip: Batteries
This isn’t so much weather-related as it is general maintenance that easily falls out of mind. Every so often, go to the property and change out batteries in all remotes, smoke detectors and small battery-operated appliances to keep guests annoyance-free during their stay.
 
TIP: Keep an extra supply of AA and AAA batteries in a kitchen drawer for the late night calls when TV remotes stop working. 

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