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(WWLTV New Orleans)   Problem : There isn't an available hotel room within 100 miles of New Orleans during Superbowl weekend. Solution : Homeowners rent out rooms for huge money. Hoteliers : WAAAAHHHHH   (wwltv.com ) divider line
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3686 clicks; posted to Business » on 09 Jan 2013 at 4:52 PM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-01-09 03:05:52 PM  
This is written on a fifth-grade level.  Well, a fifth-grade level in most states.

"I did a little research on Craigslist and I saw that houses in this neighborhood are going for well over $1,000, a night and that's a lot of king cakes," said Blaine, who asked Eyewitness News to only use his first name.

"It's the people who are doing it on a regular basis all the time, that really does effect our business and our bottom line," said Rabe

However, Rabe very little is being done.
 
2013-01-09 03:16:38 PM  
For the amount of money they can charge it's a wonder people didn't go to town hall and pay the fee necessary to rent out their property temporarily. It's not like the Super Bowl snuck up on them or anything.

said Blaine, who asked Eyewitness News to only use his first name.

I'm guessing Blaine is a common name in New Orleans?
 
2013-01-09 03:17:39 PM  
Oh, and why the hell do the innkeepers care? They sold out and probably charged as high a price as they thought they could. Apparently they could have charged more.
 
2013-01-09 03:46:30 PM  

jaylectricity: For the amount of money they can charge it's a wonder people didn't go to town hall and pay the fee necessary to rent out their property temporarily. It's not like the Super Bowl snuck up on them or anything.


They would have to get classified as a hotel, or bed and breakfast (which requires a ton of paperwork, and a hearing.)  Then, they'd have to get the right insurance, inspections most likely, etc.

NOLA is all red tape.
 
2013-01-09 04:39:44 PM  

downstairs: jaylectricity: For the amount of money they can charge it's a wonder people didn't go to town hall and pay the fee necessary to rent out their property temporarily. It's not like the Super Bowl snuck up on them or anything.

They would have to get classified as a hotel, or bed and breakfast (which requires a ton of paperwork, and a hearing.)  Then, they'd have to get the right insurance, inspections most likely, etc. bribe half a dozen or more people down in City Hall.

NOLA is all red tape. grift.


Well, it's gotten a little better.
 
2013-01-09 04:43:34 PM  
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2013-01-09 05:01:24 PM  
They sold out and probably charged as high a price as they thought they could. Apparently they could have charged more.

In some places hotels are not allowed to raise rates at will for special events. They have to set a standard room rate and can only discount from there.

I don't know why the standard room rate in those places isn't one MILLION dollars per night. The most I saw was 3-4 times the real room rate. They listed a room at $400 and rented it for $110 (convention rate).
 
2013-01-09 05:04:02 PM  
that's a lot of king cakes
 
2013-01-09 05:12:43 PM  
For several years I rented out my French Quarter apartment and stayed with friends uptown until the rednecks from Texas and Girls Gone Wild employees left town (locals mostly dislike the Quarter for Mardis Gras and other large events like the SB). Made a pretty penny, though it was technically a crime. Yes, an actual criminal violation. Not that anyone really enforces it. Yet. IIRC, the financial bureau is tasked with enforcing it, not the NOPD. And it's not like the NOPD doesn't have enough madness to corral during these events.
 
2013-01-09 05:17:22 PM  

tbhouston: that's a lot of king cakes


is that how they'll be rating escorts that weekend?
 
2013-01-09 05:20:51 PM  
Barriers to Entry, it's the new Capitalism.
 
2013-01-09 05:23:58 PM  

ITGreen: This is written on a fifth-grade level.  Well, a fifth-grade level in most states.


I've been noticing this a lot recently, and not just on Gawker sites. Grammar is routinely being butchered in online articles.
 
2013-01-09 05:24:51 PM  

downstairs: They would have to get classified as a hotel, or bed and breakfast (which requires a ton of paperwork, and a hearing.)  Then, they'd have to get the right insurance, inspections most likely, etc.


Nah.  Just advertise it as a rental for one month.  They stay a week, you collect 10 grand, and it sits vacant for 3 weeks.  Its perfectly legal, or at least the city couldn't do anything about it.
 
2013-01-09 05:33:42 PM  

jayhawk88: ITGreen: This is written on a fifth-grade level.  Well, a fifth-grade level in most states.

I've been noticing this a lot recently, and not just on Gawker sites. Grammar is routinely being butchered in online articles.


Maybe they have an equivalent to the programmer's "//drunk, fix later" comment.

/I used a comment similar to that for HTML back when I could do that
 
2013-01-09 05:47:31 PM  

dickfreckle: Yes, an actual criminal violation. Not that anyone really enforces it.


I don't even know how you could enforce something like that.
 
2013-01-09 05:49:06 PM  
"It's the people who are doing it on a regular basis all the time, that really does effect our business and our bottom line," said Rabe, who is also part of the Professional Innkeepers Association of New Orleans. The association continues to push the city of New Orleans to crack down on violators.

Yeah, because people charging upwards of $1,000 are really eating into your profit margin. There's no possible way you could compete with that, right?

Besides, as subby pointed out, all your farking rooms are sold out, so how is THAT hurting your business.
 
2013-01-09 05:51:57 PM  

jaylectricity:
I'm guessing Blaine is a common name in New Orleans?


His name is Blaine? That's major appliance, not a name.
 
2013-01-09 05:52:49 PM  
Funny that no one asked the B&B lady if she was sold out for the weekend.
 
2013-01-09 05:53:54 PM  

ITGreen: This is written on a fifth-grade level.  Well, a fifth-grade level in most states.

"I did a little research on Craigslist and I saw that houses in this neighborhood are going for well over $1,000, a night and that's a lot of king cakes," said Blaine, who asked Eyewitness News to only use his first name.

"It's the people who are doing it on a regular basis all the time, that really does effect our business and our bottom line," said Rabe

However, Rabe very little is being done.


Hey! Give 'em a break, they had a hurricane, dude!
 
2013-01-09 05:54:53 PM  

Mrtraveler01: dickfreckle: Yes, an actual criminal violation. Not that anyone really enforces it.

I don't even know how you could enforce something like that.


Usually, I'd guess it was a neighbor PO'd about something and has a little knowledge about this area of the law and drops a dime.
 
2013-01-09 05:56:49 PM  

gilgigamesh: downstairs: They would have to get classified as a hotel, or bed and breakfast (which requires a ton of paperwork, and a hearing.)  Then, they'd have to get the right insurance, inspections most likely, etc.

Nah.  Just advertise it as a rental for one month.  They stay a week, you collect 10 grand, and it sits vacant for 3 weeks.  Its perfectly legal, or at least the city couldn't do anything about it.


Huh.  Wonder how the law is worded.  If you're renting under X days its illegal?
 
2013-01-09 05:59:03 PM  

dramboxf: Mrtraveler01: dickfreckle: Yes, an actual criminal violation. Not that anyone really enforces it.

I don't even know how you could enforce something like that.

Usually, I'd guess it was a neighbor PO'd about something and has a little knowledge about this area of the law and drops a dime.


You're right. That would probably be the only feasible way to enforce this.

The article from the Gambit (alternative weekly in NOLA) that WWL links to at the end, give a more detailed description of what is happening how and it's enforced.
 
2013-01-09 05:59:52 PM  
Sell them a cheapo bath towel or bottle of shampoo for whatever you would have charged as "rent", and then throw in use of the apartment or house or whatever for free. Legal problem solved. No rent, no leasing, no problems.

/do i have to do everything around here?
 
2013-01-09 06:10:42 PM  
I used to do that at my old apartment when events would come to Pebble Beach or Laguna Seca. Made some great cash, and the golf fans would usually leave a bottle of booze and a thank you note. Race fans usually leave half a twelver in the fridge.
 
M-G
2013-01-09 06:13:09 PM  

gilgigamesh: Nah.  Just advertise it as a rental for one month.  They stay a week, you collect 10 grand, and it sits vacant for 3 weeks.  Its perfectly legal, or at least the city couldn't do anything about it.


Don't know about NOLA, but some cities require rental properties to be registered with the city as such, have pre-occupancy inspections, etc. So if your goal was to avoid hassle and be legal, that may not work.
 
2013-01-09 07:57:02 PM  

scandalrag: jaylectricity:
I'm guessing Blaine is a common name in New Orleans?

His name is Blaine? That's major appliance, not a name.


It's probably Blaine "DoucheBag" Kern, the father of modern Mardi Gras. And speaking of douche bags, the fine folks at WWL-TV are SUPER douche bags for reporting this. Not only is it as common a practice as drinking from a plastic hand grenade on Bourbon, it's private citizens exchanging money with private citizens, so fark the fark off with your "illegal short-term rental" BS.

This is a comment from the article:

"Mike Flood · If anyone wants to stay in Madison, MS ( only 3 hours from Superbowl ) 4200 sq. feet for 5 nights, $10,000 total"

HA!! That's the spirit!
 
2013-01-09 08:10:58 PM  
Shoot, I'm close to being 100 miles away from New Orleans (Biloxi). I might look into hosting...
 
2013-01-09 08:20:57 PM  

downstairs: jaylectricity: For the amount of money they can charge it's a wonder people didn't go to town hall and pay the fee necessary to rent out their property temporarily. It's not like the Super Bowl snuck up on them or anything.

They would have to get classified as a hotel, or bed and breakfast (which requires a ton of paperwork, and a hearing.)  Then, they'd have to get the right insurance, inspections most likely, etc.

NOLA is all red tape.


I thought this was America. If I want to rent out my home for a weekend, stay in the crawlspace, and emerge at night to eat the renters, then god-darnit, that's my right.
 
2013-01-09 08:32:42 PM  

jaylectricity: For the amount of money they can charge it's a wonder people didn't go to town hall and pay the fee necessary to rent out their property temporarily. It's not like the Super Bowl snuck up on them or anything.

said Blaine, who asked Eyewitness News to only use his first name.

I'm guessing Blaine is a common name in New Orleans?


Maybe New Orleans is Lud
 
2013-01-09 08:49:50 PM  
They do this every year for Mardi Gras. Nothing new here.
 
2013-01-09 08:51:28 PM  

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Done in six.
 
2013-01-09 11:13:07 PM  

SkittleBrau: Sell them a cheapo bath towel or bottle of shampoo for whatever you would have charged as "rent", and then throw in use of the apartment or house or whatever for free. Legal problem solved. No rent, no leasing, no problems.

/do i have to do everything around here?


I can see someone took business law 101
 
2013-01-09 11:24:41 PM  
Has anyone mentioned how poorly written and edited that article is?
 
2013-01-09 11:54:38 PM  

scandalrag: jaylectricity:
I'm guessing Blaine is a common name in New Orleans?

His name is Blaine? That's major appliance, not a name.


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Sees what you did there.
 
2013-01-10 03:19:43 AM  
free market capitalism that the little guy can take advantage of at the expense of large companies? thats unamerican!
 
2013-01-10 07:19:21 AM  
one-bedroom in the French Quarter could be yours for $19,500 during Super Bowl week

Fark that. I'd rent a van or a uhaul and sleep in that.
 
2013-01-10 11:47:03 AM  
The only reason this is a crime is when the Government can't make any money off the exchange. Pay the fee for a license to temporary rent, and you'll be just fine.

http://new.nola.gov/permits/business/bed-and-breakfast/bed-breakfast -l icense/

Pay the $200 or $600 fee, fill out the paperwork and then charge the $10k for your french quarter house.
 
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