Conflicted neighbors put up ridiculously petty signs in fight over Airbnb rental
HERE are the ridiculously mean signs erected by landlords in front of a property in a fight over an Airbnb rental.
The viral photo, taken from the driveway leading to the property in Austin, Texas, shows two professionally printed signs.
The first reads: “ATTENTION. PANTS ON FIRE. Read the missing owner’s misleading email when his illegal Airbnb is investigated by the city.”
The text is followed by a small print: “Emails obtained through a Texas Public Information Act request”.
Below the panel are solar-powered floodlights – which can be used at night to illuminate the panel.
In what appears to be a response to the first accusing sign, the apparent owner of the Airbnb has stuck his own sign outside the abode.
With an arrow pointing to the white wood-covered house, the tongue-in-cheek sign reads: “LEGAL AIRBNB. OL: 2021 1207771”, followed by “Our neighbor loves giving us FREE MARKETING”.
Beneath two smiling emojis, the apparent owner added, “Keep Austin Weird Y’all.”
Reddit users took to the platform to speculate on the petty feud, pointing to the neighbors’ efforts to score points against each other.
“I live near here and I often pass by.
“This situation has evolved over time towards professional brands, it has been interesting”, laughs the philosotis user.
Another local resident said: “I know exactly where it is. It slowly got worse. They used to have handmade signs.”
As the photo has gone viral, users say they believe the feud may come down to the fact that the owner may not be living at the address regularly, which they say poses a “tax issue land”.
Austin has tightened regulations for Airbnb short-term rentals.
In 2016, the city council voted to make it illegal by April 2022 to list any short-term rentals in residential areas if the landlord does not regularly reside in the property.
User ClutchDude described how he “researched property tax records”, saying “the property charged has a Homestead exemption with a Florida mailing address”.
“I guess Airbnb started in 2021 when they bought the house in Florida and decided to illegally keep Homestead [tax exemptions] but who knows…”, he added.
“Is the whole house an Airbnb, or just a separate unit in the back? Also maybe the person lives in Florida part of the year and Airbnbs the place while they’re away” , said user serial_crusher.
Discussing the impacts of the city’s stricter regulations, users r8ings added, “Austin has created a really volatile situation with these bulls**t. If you’re a neighbor, your only recourse is vigilante justice.”
“A lot of people have illegal Airbnbs or lie to get the license, the neighbor points it out,” summarized Lemon_head_guy.
Austin is by far the largest Airbnb market in the Lone Star State.
There were 11,972 Airbnb listings in Austin on June 23, 82.1% of which were for entire homes or apartments.
Airbnb had 2,014 private room listings, 117 shared rooms while 10 were hotel rooms.
According Inside Airbnbowners advertise their listings for an average of $341 per night and have earned an average of $18,501 over the past 12 months.