A couple has been charged with violating Denver’s Municipal Code, according to the Denver District Attorney’s Office. (Denver District Attorney’s Office)
DENVER, CO — A Denver couple is accused of illegally running a short-term rental business through Airbnb, the Denver District Attorney’s Office said. Charges have been laid against Alexander Neir, 45, and Stacy Neir, 43, after investigators discovered they were violating Denver’s Municipal Code, the office said. The code requires the owner or leaser of a short-term rental to live at the location being rented as their primary residence.
Denver’s Excise and Licensing worked with Denver Police on the investigation, which found that the Neirs live in a home in Denver’s Stapleton Neighborhood, prosecutors said. Stacy Neir is the Block Captain for the Stapleton Neighborhood Group, according to the Denver District Attorney’s Office.
The Neirs, however, are accused of signing Affidavits of Primary Residence stating that a property they own at 2145 Eliot Street was Mr. Neir’s primary residence and that a property at 4525 Tennyson Street was Ms. Neir’s primary residence, the attorney’s office said. By checking internet listings, investigators found that the Tennyson Street address has allegedly been operated as a rental since 2016, and the Eliot Street property since 2013, prosecutors said.
Upon turning themselves in to law enforcement, the couple were charged separately Tuesday with one count of attempting to influence a public servant.
Airbnb did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
There has been a growing push for Denver authorities to crack down on illegal Airbnbs operating in the city. Denver City Council candidate Amanda Sawyer, who’s projected to oust two-term District 5 Councilwoman Mary Beth Susman, promised to close illegally-operating short-term rentals. Sawyer made the issue one of her central platforms.
The couple is scheduled to appear in court for a bond hearing June 21.