Keep Chicago Livable

Keep Chicago Livable KCL advocates on behalf of homeowners and home sharing residents to use their homes as existing resources while limiting government interference.

Keep Chicago Livable advocates on behalf of home sharing residents to use their homes as existing resources while limiting government interference.

Operating as usual

08/30/2021

Chicago Airbnb Hosts,

We have an UPDATE for you:

The BACP's STR Registration System is not accepting renewal applications at this time because the system is NOT yet ready.

Airbnb, ourselves, and the BACP advise that you DO NOT try to renew your registration until further notice from the BACP.

This means that your listing will not be affected in any way from not renewing your registration.

If your listing is past the renewal deadline, it will show up as Pending on Airbnb. This is OK and your listing is not in jeopardy of being shut down in any way until BACP officially releases their renewal system.

If you were DENIED prior to the new registration system going online on June 1st, then you would apply AS A NEW REGISTRATION. Each individual circumstance is different of course, so this does not mean your registration will be accepted unless it compiles with Chicago regulations.

With regards to when the renewal system will be ready, we don’t have an official date, but should have updates by the beginning of October at our next Zoom event covering the registration system.

As always, it's always a pleasure to serve our Chicago Short Term Rental Community! If you have any questions about this or anything else, please contact us on our KCL page or leave a comment down below!

07/27/2021

Missed our last meeting on the new STR/Shared Housing Registration System changes? Tune into our latest meeting where we address all of the new changes along with our Q & A session where we answer our member's questions.
If you found this useful, please consider donating at www.keepchicagolivable.com/donate to keep our operations going in providing up to date information to the public regarding the new registration process. Thank you!

03/17/2021
Reintroduction Presentation

ALLOW US TO REINTRODUCE OURSELVES!
Keep Chicago Livable is alive and well. We are here to protect you and keep you informed about upcoming ordinance changes, including the change taking effect April 1st

Thanks to everyone for attending our second meeting. We didn't get to record the first meeting, so here is the recording of our reintroduction presentation.

Click link below and enter your email so we can send you an FAQ on how April 1st's changes will affect you, depending on your situation.
https://forms.gle/vBU7o21N1ZA2R3xk6

Thanks to everyone who attended our first meeting, including our special guest speakers. We look forward to serving you Chicago!

It’s about time that underserved neighborhoods in Chicago catch up to the reality that sites like Airbnb can revitalize ...
06/20/2019
The Host HQ

It’s about time that underserved neighborhoods in Chicago catch up to the reality that sites like Airbnb can revitalize communities

The city government has earned over $11 million from Airbnb-related taxes, registration fees and violation fines since 2016.

Hosts and residents say neighborhoods with Airbnb listings are seeing an impact. But safety and gentrification fears linger.

https://thehosthq.com/2019/06/18/airbnb-expansion-chicago/

Let us know if you're interested in attending to hear the latest update on Airbnb law in Chicago!
05/28/2019

Let us know if you're interested in attending to hear the latest update on Airbnb law in Chicago!

05/22/2019

REMINDER: KCL's annual meeting to elect a new Board is TONIGHT at 6 p.m. at 125 S Clark 16th Floor (check in on the 17th floor)

01/14/2019

Huge news! The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has vacated the District Court's opinion denying our motion for preliminary injunction, and reset everything back to square 1. It's not a total victory, but it's another fresh bite at the apple and it means the federal lawsuit will proceed!
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Hope to see you all tonight at 360 Chicago - 94th floor Hancock - 6:30 p.m.  RSVP below!
11/27/2018
Airbnb Host 1,000 Feet Up Meetup Again!

Hope to see you all tonight at 360 Chicago - 94th floor Hancock - 6:30 p.m. RSVP below!

If you've been here before or joining us for the first time--we welcome you! As a Chicago Airbnb host, you and a guest are invited to an exclusive FREE event on the 94th floor of the [Legally Not Supposed to Call It the] John Hancock Center! Discover 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck by joining us for a....

10/02/2018
chairmanmendelson.com

Washington DC is considering regulating Airbnb. They would allow unlimited rentals out of a primary residence, but set a 90 day cap on 2nd or 3rd homes that aren't a person's primary residence.
The proposed bill is attached. https://t.co/5z6HpLGnJf

09/09/2018

Breaking News: the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has set an oral argument date of Oct 22 for the appeal of the District Court’s denial of KCL’s Motion for a preliminary injunction. While this won’t be the end of the road for the litigation, it may very well determine whether and how the current law will be enforceable in the future!

Airbnb is shutting down co-hosting.  There are ways to reorganize your current arrangement to minimize the pain such as ...
06/27/2018
Airbnb Global Host Q&A

Airbnb is shutting down co-hosting. There are ways to reorganize your current arrangement to minimize the pain such as by setting up an LLC to receive payments. It would be a more manual process but could be handled with autopay. Contact us for more info or help.

In the meantime, Airbnb is hosting a Q&A starting at 8 pm CST

https://www.ustream.tv/hostQandA

Global Host Q&A with Brian Chesky, CEO and Head of Community. June 27, 2018. Pre-show: 5:30–6:00 p.m. PDT Host Q&A: 6:00–7:00 p.m. PDT

06/15/2018

Hey Chicagoans Keep Chicago Livable is back again with the street festivals! Stop by Taste of Randolph to hangout with us and keep cool during this summer heat!

06/08/2018

Anthony Bourdain lived like a local wherever he traveled. In doing so, he lived a thousand lives and ate better than a thousand kings. His stories were elegies to the small, quaint, local cuisines and customs from the overlooked corners of the world. He showed that the good life thrives beyond the corporatist, prefab hype. A simpatico spirit gone too soon. #RIP

Do Division Street Fest
06/02/2018

Do Division Street Fest

Getting ready for the Do Division Street Fest this weekend. Look forward to see all the hosts and home sharing advocates...
05/31/2018

Getting ready for the Do Division Street Fest this weekend. Look forward to see all the hosts and home sharing advocates.
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#kcl #keepchicagolivable #dodivision #homesharing #airbnb #vrbo #silvernest #homeaway #renting #chicago #chitown #streetfest #summertime

We all knew this, but Airbnb, Inc. only takes 13 cents out of every dollar. 87 cents goes to hosts!
05/30/2018

We all knew this, but Airbnb, Inc. only takes 13 cents out of every dollar. 87 cents goes to hosts!

NoiseAware is an affiliate sponsor of Keep Chicago Livable - as you may know, NoiseAware is a product that can give you ...
05/29/2018
Protect Your AirBnB From Parties | Noise Monitor | NoiseAware

NoiseAware is an affiliate sponsor of Keep Chicago Livable - as you may know, NoiseAware is a product that can give you (and more importantly, your neighbors) peace-of-mind that your guests are not throwing wild, loud parties during their stays. You also can get discounts on your Vacation Rental property insurance! Follow this link to purchase and NoiseAware will donate to Keep Chicago Livable! http://bit.ly/KCL2018

05/24/2018

Hey Chicagoans!
As many of you know, Keep Chicago Livable is taking on Chicago's street festivals this summer in efforts to reach our local community. We're spreading our mission that supports home sharing and proposes to raise $10 million for charity, and we'd love to have some of our very own involved! If you're interested in volunteering for our booth, give us a call or send an email and we'll gladly coordinate dates and times.

Airbnb fees driving you nuts?  I think we could all use an alternative - and the more the cities try to regulate *Airbnb...
05/22/2018
If you like Airbnb, you'll love this.

Airbnb fees driving you nuts? I think we could all use an alternative - and the more the cities try to regulate *Airbnb*, the less the will be watching other sites!

Bedloom cuts out the Airbnb fees to save you %5 - %20. Same homes. No fee. Please use my link to sign up for early access:

Chicago’s home sharing ordinance is proving to be complicated, risky, and doesn’t work. KCL’s attorney Shorge Sato helps...
05/06/2018
Two years after Chicago passed a home-sharing law, only Airbnb has a license, and hosts say rules are too complicated

Chicago’s home sharing ordinance is proving to be complicated, risky, and doesn’t work. KCL’s attorney Shorge Sato helps protect hosts from these bad laws. Read the latest about these developments via Chicago Tribune.

Chicago's home-sharing ordinance was passed nearly two years ago. Only Airbnb has been licensed; other platforms operate in apparent violation of the law.

The effect of Airbnb on rents is miniscule
04/17/2018
Don't Blame Airbnb for Rising Rents

The effect of Airbnb on rents is miniscule

The increase attributable to the short-term rental service is so small you almost can't see it.

Just an interesting video that you might have missed.  Our lawsuit caused the City to take "baby steps" in rolling out t...
04/06/2018
Are homeshare laws working?

Just an interesting video that you might have missed. Our lawsuit caused the City to take "baby steps" in rolling out this law. The home owner in question (I was able to find her address thru public records) seems genuinely concerned, but if you check on Airbnb today - there isn't an active Airbnb in her building. Also, she's only owned in this building since late 2016, so she probably doesn't even know her neighbors. Interesting also that Ald. Reilly recognizes his signature law is a complete failure and that the BACP head Escareno recognizes significant challenges with enforcement (and there have only been a dozen citations over the past year).

Chicagoans and aldermen are sounding off about new city regulations on homesharing designed to keep residents safe that some say aren't doing enough.

The Economist
04/02/2018
The Economist

The Economist

Airbnb is a wonderful tool. It provides much needed competition to hotels. But if there is a lesson for the firm, it is that it cannot entirely ignore the concerns of cities and residents. It must be in partnership

03/27/2018
Correcting a flawed “study’s” false assertions about our community

I'm seeing another push on social media by the hotel-funded front group "Share Better" promoting a biased, non-peer reviewed study done by the University of McGill claiming that in *NYC* Airbnb listings (not bookings, just listings) could be correlated with a 1.4% increase in median rents. Airbnb refuted that study with its own Harvard study. Anyway, here's a collection of Airbnb Citizen's responses:

This week, the anti-home sharing website Inside Airbnb released a deeply flawed report that relies on discredited methodologies to make a series of misleading and divisive assertions about the Airbnb host community in historically Black neighborhoods in New York City. The report falsely claims that....

So, I (Shorge Sato) have been invited to speak at a conference on "The Sharing Economy" by the Associated Brokers of Llo...
03/16/2018
Insuring the Sharing Economy Seminar

So, I (Shorge Sato) have been invited to speak at a conference on "The Sharing Economy" by the Associated Brokers of Lloyd's of London! I've got the latest updates on the litigation and Airbnb in Chicago. The event is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center (73 E Washington) on Tuesday, March 20. You can either register below or contact me and I can put you on the list (for free)! http://www.linktolloyds.com/events/sharing

Our panel of experts will discuss the history and development of the sharing economy, current and future regulation, risk appetite, underwriting, and claims. 3 hours of continuing education credit for producers from the Illinois Department of Insurance.

Hey all! I had an interesting meeting with Booking.com, who is expanding their presence in Chicago's vacation rental mar...
03/12/2018
Create A Partnership With Booking.com

Hey all! I had an interesting meeting with Booking.com, who is expanding their presence in Chicago's vacation rental market. They are hosting an informational 15-20 minute webinar tomorrow - RSVP here - Tuesday, March 13th at 1:00 p.m. CST.

https://partnerevents.booking.com/chicago/create-a-partnership-with-booking-com

There will be other events as well. One reason we are somewhat excited about this is that from our vantage point, the City of Chicago is really only enforcing its Shared Housing regulations against Airbnb (and to a certain extent, HomeAway).

If you've been delisted, or are worried about regulation, but you want to keep hosting, this is possibly an alternative that could benefit you. Tune in and stay tuned for more.

During this 15-20 minute webinar we will explain vacation rental travel trends here in the Midwest, our marketing exposure platform, our free sign up process and how it all applies to you. There will also be time for questions after the presentation.

Thanks to the GOP, you will want to make any charitable tax deductible donations by the end of this year.  Luckily for y...
12/07/2017

Thanks to the GOP, you will want to make any charitable tax deductible donations by the end of this year. Luckily for you, Keep Chicago Livable is a 501c3 tax deductible charity, fighting for you!

12/04/2017

Shorge Sato is headed to City Hall to defend the first set of Airbnb Hosts who have challenged their Registration Denials. The law specifically requires that the City hold hearings within 10 days of receiving a demand for a hearing. Despite receiving these demands at the beginning of November, the City has decided to ignore its own law and hold the hearings whenever they please (today). Will be very interesting to see the City's idea of "Due Process."

10/20/2017

In the state court case, Mendez v. City of Chicago (brought by the Liberty Justice Center/Goldwater Institute), the Circuit Court (Judge Sanjay Tailor) granted the City's Motion to Dismiss their complaint - except for a portion of Count III, which challenged the "Commissioner's Adjustment" procedure as vague and arbitrary (which it is). Their case is far from final. For those of you who've had your registrations denied, the one "safety valve" option you might have had - a Commissioner's Adjustment - is now in question.

City begins the registration process and issuing license numbers for home sharing platforms like Airbnb.
08/11/2017
City begins long-awaited registration of Airbnb hosts

City begins the registration process and issuing license numbers for home sharing platforms like Airbnb.

Attention Chicago Airbnb scofflaws: The city is finally ready to stop you from flouting its home-sharing rules.

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My wife is from Chicago and we visit often. We were just about to pull the trigger on a home there but our primary residence is Albuquerque. If I'm understanding this right it would be very difficult if not impossible to list it as STR is that correct? It's a building with 4 units and we would be buying one unit. Thanks in advance for any input.
BIG UPDATE FOR JUNE 1ST STR ORDINANCE CHANGES We have just received official word from the BACP of the following: The new registration system for STRs WILL go live June 1st People who are currently registered or their registration is pending on sites such as Airbnb will NOT be affected for the duration of their registration period. All current registrations will be processed the normal method until June 1st. There will be an official announcement from the BACP along with an info session on how to use the system coming soon Overall: Everyone's active short term rentals will NOT be interrupted by this ordinance- but you DO want to learn how to use this system, as they WILL be affected once your registrations expire Wanted to give this info as far in advance as possible- look out for an official announcement and more coming VERY SOON!
COME LEARN HOW TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS MASSIVELY FOR FREE, SUPPORT KEEP CHICAGO LIVABLE, AND MAKE HISTORY WITH US! Worlds First Vacation Rental Association Fundraiser on Clubhouse Hosted by Theron Lewis "The Airbnb Regulations Guy" And Julie George, "The Million Dollar Host" Also covering the following topics: Why advocacy matters for everyones Vacation Rental Business How to grow your business MASSIVELY for FREE with advocacy 5 top cities to invest in based on our INSIDER regulation information from City Governments Saturday April 3rd 4:30-6:30pm FOLLOW OUR CLUB TO BE NOTIFIED RE + ABB Regulations club (Just Search "airbnb regulations" to find our club) If more information is needed, Text 313-737-6369 or email [email protected]
ALLOW US TO REINTRODUCE OURSELVES! Keep Chicago Livable is alive and well. We are here to protect you and keep you informed about upcoming ordinance changes, including the change taking effect April 1st Thanks to everyone for attending our second meeting. We didn't get to record the first meeting, so here is the recording of our reintroduction presentation. Click link below and enter your email so we can send you an FAQ on how April 1st's changes will affect you, depending on your situation. https://forms.gle/vBU7o21N1ZA2R3xk6 Thanks to everyone who attended our first meeting, including our special guest speakers. We look forward to serving you Chicago!
Dear Hosts— I am a member of about 4 host Facebook groups and have seen a number of hosts air grievances on certain airbnb policies which they believe undermine their ability to provide top-notch service to guests and be responsible citizens in their communities. I would like to canvass several host Facebook forums to solicit contributions by members of which Airbnb policies they believe are counterproductive to establishing a marketplace of trust and safety. For example, by making hosts reluctant to enforce house rules for fear of a bad review, loss of income, or by making it difficult for hosts to properly screen guests prior to accepting a booking etc. I would also like to hear from any hosts who have suggested amendments or tweaks to these policies which might be beneficial to all stakeholders. The information will be used to draft a petition which will be circulated among hosts for further review, discussion and refinement. While the ultimate audience for the petition is airbnb, I would like to use the petition as a jumping point (or a set of talking points) for host leaders in various communities to engage with neighbors, the media, local legislators and alternative short term rental marketing platforms to discuss the future of this emerging industry. Please post publicly on these forums but feel free to PM me if you are uncomfortable with a public post. Thank you in advance for the feedback.
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I'm an Airbnb host, and I just received a letter from the DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS AFFAIRS AND CONSUMER PROTECTION saying that my address has been rejected. I'm seeking advice on this matter because, I have bookings already scheduled into November. Help please.
Hi! I manage my own airbnb, but I was approached by someone who wants me to run an airbnb for them. They do not live in the building though. Will they be able to get permission from the city if it's not their primary residence?
THis is not the only unconstitutional ordinance on the books--either in Chicago or in many cities across the nation. There are a plethora of other city ordinances which unduly restrict personal liberties under the pretext of consumer protections or public safety. The long standing tradition of courts invoking legislative deference shifts the burden of proof from the municipal defendant to the individual plaintiff (i.e. The municipality need not prove that its law is constitutional...the law is presumed to be constitutional.). Instead the challenger defending his right or liberty must prove that the law in question is unconstitutional. Courts have long deferred to legislatures. This is an uphill battle especially because I'm sure it's not lost to the judge that a favorable ruling for keep Chicago livable might unwittingly also open the door to challenges on constitional grounds to to a number of other restrictions and regulations promulgated in the name of "protecting" the consumer from her own decisions. Good luck..this law does need to die with a thousand paper cuts, and your perseverance is a great public service whatever the ultimate decision maybe. I encourage you to appeal and appeal and appeal until it reaches the halls of the Supreme Court where it will be overturned finally. I will keep reading the pleadings.
Wow Chicago! Things were quite different in Venice Beach, CA.https://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/bacp/ordinances/housesharesummaryfinal.pdf With all of these requirements, it's safe to say that Chicago just doesn't want you to homeshare. Taxed and fee'd to death.
Hey guys-wondering if you have any updates on the July 21st "crackdown" date? Any info is greatly appreciated!
Hello folks... when is the next event or opportunity for me to get involved and informed?