Clevelanders are Cashing in During the RNC

RNC Convention Cleveland

This can be yours for $5700 a night.

We live in NJ but “summer” in Cleveland where I grew up. I know. It’s weird but it’s what we do. Yesterday, I did a search on AirBnB for a summer rental in Cleveland and got a message that said, “You’re traveling during a popular time.” This is not a message that anyone that is from Cleveland would expect when looking for a rental. Unless…you’re looking for a rental in mid-July 2016. For a town that doesn’t get many tourists…or maybe I should rephrase that…doesn’t get any tourists, it was pretty shocking!

But with the Republican National Convention just a few weeks away, Clevelanders are looking for ways to take advantage of being the home town. Cleveland City Council voted last Monday to allow Clevelanders to share their homes with the thousands of visitors who will be traveling through our city this summer. Home owners are allowed to share their residence, with guests visiting the city for anything from the NBA Finals to the RNC. This could mean renting just a room in their house or their entire home. Short-term rentals will now be subject to a 3% tax that will collected by the booking agent (like AirBnB or Howard Hannah).

On the high end, $5700/night, you’ll get all the bells and whistles: beautiful chandeliers, amazing views of the city and the lake, includes housekeeping and is just steps away from the convention. This luxurious penthouse as it all and the owner of this gorgeous place got back to me within minutes of inquiry.

The average rental on AirBnB is going for $1148/night–not bad. The one below is $1250 a night for one bedroom with views of the city in walking distance to the convention.

On the low end,  I found a charming in Ohio City–a fun place to hang–for only $96 for the night.

RNC Convention Cleveland

For $5700 a night, you can sleep with views of the city…hopefully Trump is nowhere in sight.

Cleveland RNC

$96 a night. No view and a cab ride away, but in a great spot to hang out at night.

RNC Convention

$1250 a night will get you a 1 bedroom with rooftop sun deck walking distance to the convention.

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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."


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