By Brendan Pederson
August 27, 2018
More than a year and a half after the City of Denver first tried to crack down on short-term rentals, the nascent industry — buoyed by thousands of hosts — has consistently stayed one step ahead of its regulators.
A review of city records, combined with data provided by Denver-based analytics firm AirDNA, exposes systematic problems across the city’s efforts to control a market that now brings in more than $100 million a year.
The result: To date, less than half of the city’s known short-term rental landlords comply with existing regulations, which require hosts be licensed by the city and be the primary resident of the home they’re renting.