San Antonio to Consider Airbnb Regulations

There are fewer homes available in San Antonio for rent through short-term rental platforms than in other large Texas cities – but just enough for neighbors and City Council members to notice. Photo by Gretchen Greer for the Rivard Report After receiving complaints from residents about noise, traffic, trash, and other neighborhood disruptions associated with renters from such platforms, Councilman Mike Gallagher (D10) called on City staff to start investigating current zoning and tax rules, potential safety issues, and policy recourse. His constituents were concerned that their "residential areas were now becoming commercial areas," Gallagher said. Some simply didn't like the idea of "strang

Tips For Keeping Your Home Safe From Burglars

You don't need to spend a fortune to keep your home safe from burglars. Granted a fancy alarm system with motion activated cameras and all will help but here are some more cost-modest ideas to try... 1. Install a "dummy" surveillance sytem... It would be nice to spend a few thousand dollars to install a complete home surveillance system with battery back-up and off-site recording and hosting but not everybody has those kinds of extra dollars laying around...Purchasing a couple of cameras and simply installing them in plain sight next to doors and other blind spots can serve as a deterrent as many burglars will look for properties that don't appear to have a system in place... 2. Install t




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