Courts debate whether short term rentals (like Airnbnb) violate restrictive covenants limiting property to “residential uses”

Some courts hold that short term rentals (such as Airbnb rentals) violate covenants that restrict the property to “residential use,” finding short-terms rentals to be closer to hotel use and thus commercial in nature. Vonderhaar v. Lakeside Place Homeowners Ass’n, 2014 WL 3887913 (Ky. Ct. App. 2014)

Other courts find short term rentals to be compatible with “residential use” and not a violation of such restrictive covenants at all. Wilkinson v. Chiwawa Communities Ass’n, 327 P.3d 614 (Wash. 2014); Santa Monica Beach Property Owners Ass’n v. Acord, 219 So.3d 111 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2017)