Firm’s Roberto Blanch Quoted in Cover Story of This Week’s South Florida Business Journal About Airbnb Rentals at Local Condos

RobertoBlanch2013.jpgFirm partner Roberto C. Blanch was quoted in the main cover story of this week’s edition of the South Florida Business Journal, the region’s exclusive business weekly. The article, which is titled “Listings on Airbnb, Similar Sites Often Violate Rental Rules at South Florida Communities,” focuses on the difficulties that some local condominiums are having with short-term rentals that are stemming from listings on Airbnb and its rival websites.

The article reads:

“It becomes a tough pill to swallow for board members and unit owners who see units advertised for short-term rentals when the rules don’t allow for short-term rentals,” said Roberto Blanch, who specializes in community association law at Coral Gables-based Siegfried, Rivera, Hyman, Lerner, De La Torre, Mars & Sobel. “You have associations that don’t have the means by which to screen these people, who for all you know could be coming in to raise hell on a long weekend.”

. . . One of Blanch’s clients recently asked him if the owner of a short-term rental website could be brought into a claim “to the extent it knowingly or willingly participated in a violation of the association contract,” he said.

But Blanch noted that would be “probably a bit of an aggressive approach, but it is a problem real enough that it merits looking into these questions.”

Our firm congratulates Roberto for sharing his insights into this important new issue for condominium associations with the journalists at the South Florida Business Journal and the publication’s readers. Click here to read the complete article in the publication’s website (subscription required).

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