Condo associations have a number of duties to those who live near or on the properties it maintains. From ensuring that buildings are cared for in an adequate manner to guaranteeing that any unreasonable hazards on grounds have been removed, when condo associations breach the duty they owe, they could be held liable should harm to others occur. This legal theory has, for the most part, encouraged condo associations to assume responsibility for maintaining properties. But should this always be the case? How should condo associations deal with sidewalks, which are often public, not private, property?
In the past half decade, the relationship between those who own property (particularly property in cities that are popular for tourists) and those who want to travel has changed drastically. While travelers used to be restricted to hotels or hostels to meet their housing needs while away from home, the advent of short-term housing sites offering stays from one night to a month or more, like AirBNB, has revolutionized how to both travel and make money. But while AirBnB and similar sites may be great for vacationers and the property owners who make money by renting their homes, there are numerous downsides of short-term rentals for condo associations and the community at large.