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Photo: Rainer Fuhrmann (Shutterstock) When Rome fell to the barbarians, it didn’t happen overnight. The same thing can be said for neighborhoods that get ruined by short-term rentals like Airbnbs. When you bought your home or signed the lease on your apartment you probably thought you were buying a refuge, a place where you could relax, recharge, and live your best life. You become part of a community and, because you’re all stuck together, everyone usually tries to remain respectful. Then came the barbarians in the form of Airbnb, Vrbo, and other short-term rental platforms that allow folks to rent out their homes—or portions of them—for short periods of time. On the one hand, this innovation has allowed millions of Americans to generate income or travel freely, which are good things. On the other hand, it’s also transformed a lot of homes and apartments into largely unregulated mini-hotels. Having a short-term rental in your neighborhood can result in a long list of misery: Noisy parties, clogged parking, and property damage . If you haven’t heard a lot of nightmare stories, that might be because Airbnb spends a lot of money to keep those out of sight . What is the issue with short-term rentals? The problem is the guests aren’t part of your neighborhood, and so they may not feel bound by the normal rules of polite co-existence. But short-term rentals also lack the sort of staff and management traditional hotels offer. The owners are often off-site or even […]