Denver couple charged with felonies for short-term rental violation as city moves to tighten reins on vacation rentals

By Sam Tabachnick

A Denver couple has been charged with running an illegal short-term rental business through Airbnb, a move industry watchers said is a warning to others who might be breaking the rules.

The felony charges stem from what has become a recurring complaint from residents across the city, and the new criminal case escalates the city’s attempts to rein in short-term rental hosts.

Alexander Neir, 45, and Stacy Neir, 43, live in Stapleton but were renting out a home in the Berkeley neighborhood and another north of Broncos Stadium at Mile High, near Jefferson Park. The two allegedly falsified documents to claim those rental homes as their primary residences, according to their arrest affidavits.

Under a city rule created in 2016, an owner or leaser of a short-term rental is required to use the place as their full-time residence.

Read the full Denver Post article here.

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