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NoiseAware + Vrbo Partner With Big Bear Lake On Permit Fee Credit

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Noise is a big concern for neighbors of Big Bear Lake vacation rentals. The Southern California mountain resort, popular as both a snowsports destination and summer hiking/biking/water-activities retreat, has weathered plenty of debate on the topic in the past year. Residents who oppose vacation rentals cite noise, over-occupancy, trash and parking as top issues. Those who support vacation rentals cite tax revenue and homeowner freedoms. 

In August, Big Bear Lake city council voted against a proposed cap on vacation rental permits. But a group called Big Bear United to Limit Short Term Rentals is working to get a cap initiative on the April 2022 city ballot. In the meantime, NoiseAware, in conjunction with Vrbo, have partnered with the city of Big Bear Lake to help solve noise, and the problems associated with it, by incentivizing permit-holders and fostering good community relationships. 

Like our La Quinta noise-mitigation program, the Big Bear Lake permit fee credit program is part of NoiseAware’s broader mission to preserve the right of homeowners to operate responsible short-term rentals, while protecting the rights of neighbors to peace and quiet.

Here’s how the permit fee credit works:

  • Homeowner purchases indoor and weatherproof outdoor noise sensors from NoiseAware with one year of service.
  • Homeowner receives 50% off for a total of $149.50
  • Homeowner gets a credit for $150 off their $550 vacation rental license fee (good through Sept. 2022). 
  • Indoor + outdoor privacy-safe noise monitoring solves 75% of noise issues with just one text message, and solves a full 90% of noise issues within 30 minutes.
  • Homeowners enjoy a discount on license fees and protection from noise-violation fines, plus a significant reduction in property damage claims associated with noise. 
  • Neighbors enjoy peace and quiet, plus the reassurance that the owner of the VR next door truly cares about their well being and security.

Own a vacation rental in Big Bear Lake and interested in claiming your permit fee credit, and protecting your property and income? Click here.

Operate one or more vacation rentals in a city facing similar pushback, or a cap/moratorium proposals? Got questions about getting a similar program in your locale? We want to hear from you!

Natasha Garber covers short-term-rental industry trends, news, regulations and compliance for NoiseAware. Her posts on STR property management technology, privacy-safe noise monitoring, and licensing laws can be found weekly on the NoiseAware blog.