Granicus and Hollywood, FL Announce Partnership to Manage
DENVER and HOLLYWOOD, Fla., May 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Granicus, the leading provider of cloud-based civic engagement technologies and services, today announced a partnership with Hollywood, Florida to help manage short-term rentals (STR) compliance. Hollywood will take advantage of Granicus Host compliance product to improve the registration and enforcement of its burgeoning vacation rental market, generate revenue to fund the app, and reduce the impacts on the quality of life of Hollywood residents.
Located between Miami and Fort Lauderdale on Florida’s Atlantic coast, Hollywood is a popular vacation destination. Many tourists choose to stay in vacation rentals listed on sites like VRBO and Airbnb, rather than local hotels. This creates a variety of challenges for the city, including hospitality industry concerns and neighborhood impacts that can thrive without strict enforcement of short-term rentals. These impacts range from parking issues to overflowing garbage carts and noise complaints – all of which strain Hollywood’s response resources and affect the quality of life of its permanent residents.
To address these challenges, the City of Hollywood Commission recently approved changes to the existing Vacation Rental Licensing Program Ordinance, requiring all city-wide vacation rentals to be registered with of the city, in addition to obtaining a state license and comply with requirements such as parking and occupancy limitations, garbage collection and liability insurance. The city has tightened its noise ordinance and now requires all vacation rentals to be equipped with sound level detection devices. When only a small fraction of the city’s thousands of rentals registered as a result, the local Hollywood government knew it needed a technology solution to improve compliance. Already a Granicus customer for nine years, Hollywood once again turned to the Granicus Civic Engagement Platform to meet this emerging challenge.
Host Compliance works by using artificial intelligence (AI) to scan over 60 STR sites, including VRBO, Airbnb, and FlipKey, to identify property addresses. This gives cities full visibility into their local vacation rental market, prevents owners from circumventing local regulations, and ultimately streamlines compliance and tax collection. Granicus also offers a 24/7 non-emergency hotline to allow residents to report issues, such as excessive noise, without committing emergency resources.
“Tourism is a vital industry for our city, but it cannot come at the expense of the quality of life of our permanent residents,” said Andria Wingett, deputy director of development services, who understands code compliance. “We have a strong and growing short-term rental market in Hollywood; monitoring its growth and fluctuations from month to month is a gargantuan undertaking. We needed a solution that could do the heavy lifting and help us create a welcoming and safe environment for visitors and permanent residents. With its unparalleled experience, AI-powered solution, and 24/7 hotline, host compliance is ensured on all fronts. “
Prior to working with Granicus, only 250 of Hollywood vacation rentals were registered with the city. Host Compliance has now identified over 4,000 rental units, an increase of over 3,750 units. Going forward, the AI-powered solution will monitor the city’s STR market to boost registration, ensure compliance, streamline tax collection, and protect quality of life.
“Administering short-term rental regulations is an incredibly complex challenge for cities,” said Ulrik Binzer, founder of Host Compliance, now owned by Granicus. “Without an automated technology solution to help, it’s nearly impossible for cities to keep up with the ever-changing and ever-changing local short-term rental market, and to prevent and resolve quality of life issues. that can arise from residential properties. used for tourist accommodation. At Granicus, we pride ourselves on helping cities like Hollywood reap the benefits of a thriving sharing economy, while avoiding the negative side effects that so often accompany it. “
Besides Hollywood, more than 350 local and state governments are turning to Host Compliance products to gain complete visibility into their local STR markets, improve compliance, and minimize the negative effects of unregulated vacation rentals. To learn more about how Granicus can help your community, visit our Host Compliance Site.
Granicus Connects governments to the people they serve by providing the first and only civic engagement platform for the public sector. More than 4,500 federal, state and local government agencies and more than 250 million citizen subscribers power an unparalleled subscriber network that turns government missions into quantifiable results. With complete cloud solutions for communications, government website design, meeting and calendar management software, document management and digital services, Granicus strengthens the relationship between government and citizens.
About Hollywood, FL
Hollywood, FL is a beachfront community located in the heart of South Florida between Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Founded in 1925, Hollywood covers an area of approximately 30 square miles and has a population of just over 150,000. Hollywood is home to over 60 parks, seven golf courses, seven miles of pristine beaches, and the unique Hollywood Beach Broadwalk, an award-winning boardwalk that stretches nearly 2.5 miles along the Atlantic Ocean. Hollywood is a vibrant business hub with convenient access to two international airports and is home to Port Everglades, one of the world’s busiest cruise and shipping ports.