It seems like the City is doing its best to police "poor" airbnb experiences, especially when they adversely affect neighbors (like in condo buildings). This article sheds some light on how they are doing: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/realestate/20171218/CRED03/171219896/chicago-still-trying-to-catch-up-with-airbnb-scofflaws
Most of our clients obtain a registration #, but for the few that have been denied, we are awaiting to hear about the Commissioner's adjustment plea. On the corresponding emails we work with one person from Airbnb and another "somewhat-anonymous" email from the City. What have you found to be the best ways to make your case to the city? Cheers!
I think that I am going to have a similar problem. I was unaware of the issue related to becoming a host in a 3-flat if the condo is not your primary residence, until yesterday. I have just listed my place and am getting a decent amount of interest already.
Has as anyone been successful in getting an adjustment? Can someone provide me with the name of the attorney who was successful?
Dear Chicago Hosts
To hosts who have been denied registration in Chicago, we have two basic options:
1. You can apply for a Commissioner's Adjustment
2. You can challenge the denial
I met with the City of Chicago's Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, which administers Option #1. There is a list of 9 requirements you must address to apply for a Commissioner's Adjustment. I'm in the process of doing so. By far the most difficult of the 9 tasks is collecting signatures of support on a petition. I actually walked door-to-door last week to collect signatures and within 30 minutes I had a spy from my alderman's office tailing me in an Audi taking notes and then a Streets & San truck followed me around and eventually told me that solicitations weren't allowed in this Ward. Creepy. Anyway, if the City requires me to collect signatures and the alderman doesn't want me to collect signatures, what should I do? If anyone else on this forum wants to get together to form an informal group of "host supporters" to share signatures of support, then I'd love to create an informal support group. Especially, anyone hosting in the West Lawn neighborhood, I'd love to coordinate. Please contact me on my personal e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to brainstorm or join an informal support group of hosts.