Big money Super Bowl home rentals: Too good to be true?

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by CHRIS HAWES

WFAA

Posted on August 1, 2010 at 10:21 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 3 at 12:10 AM

ARLINGTON — A neighborhood leader is warning about a danger he says is coming with Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium early next year.

Action North Arlington Chairman Jim Bass is being backed by the city of Arlington and the Super Bowl Host Committee.

Code Enforcement officers have already torn down nearly 300 signs posted by Arizona firms seeking out homeowners who are willing to rent out their houses to visitors during Super Bowl Week. The signs claim that you can make as much as $10,000 a day.

Bass, however, warns that you could end up losing money.

"There are bound to be some scammers who talk about how rich you can get by leasing out your house, and I'm skeptical of that in general," he said.

Web sites tout large homes for lease with big price tags. But call the number, and you're quoted a price tag of your own — a listing and advertising fee.

One company charges $895 to list your home's availability during the Super Bowl.

"There are no guarantees of occupancy for your home, so our word of caution is: Please be educated before you enter into an agreement like that," said Tara Green, Chief Operating Officer of the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee. "The reality is, we have an abundance of hotel rooms in North Texas, and those will meet the demands of the traveler."

An Arlington city spokesman agreed with that assessment and added this warning: Homeowners who decide to rent their houses during the Super Bowl will owe the city and state part of that money in the form of hotel occupancy taxes.

E-mail chawes@wfaa.com

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