AirBnB Law: The Implications of Short-Term Rentals for Property Owners and Municipalities – A09

Real Property Track
Planning and Zoning Section and Real Property Section

Session A: 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

About the Program
This presentation will address how property owners, developers, land use and real estate attorneys, and municipalities should address existing regulations pertaining to short term rentals. Learn about what municipalities across the country are doing to deal with issues that arise for municipalities from the ever expanding short term rental market.

Brian S. Cantor, Law Office of Brian S. Cantor, Fairfield

Attorney Cantor is a sole practitioner with an office in Fairfield. He has been practicing law since 1987. His practice encompasses residential and commercial real estate, probate, civil litigation and collections. Presently, he is Chair of the Real Estate Section of the Connecticut Bar.  

He is a member of the Connecticut Creditor’s Bar Association and has been active in civic duties including serving on the Fairfield Planning and Zoning Commission, Board of Assessment Appeals, as well as Fairfield’s Representative Town Meeting. He has been an instructor at the Metropolitan Real Estate School. He is also a Mason and a Shriner.

Attorney Cantor is admitted to practice in the state of Connecticut and before the U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Tax Court. He received his B.S. cum laude from The University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his J.D. from Western New England University School of Law.

Mario F. Coppola, Berchem Moses PC, Westport

Attorney Coppola practices in the areas of municipal law, land use and zoning, property tax assessment appeals, real estate transactions and general civil litigation. Mario has handled hundreds of land use and zoning and tax appeal matters from the administrative level through the Connecticut courts.  Over the years, Mario has handled property ad valorem tax appeals involving various types of real and personal property and which total billions of dollars.

Mario currently serves as Corporation Counsel for the City of Norwalk. He has also served as a Town Attorney for the Town of Trumbull from 2009 to 2013 and an Assistant Town Attorney for the Town of Westport since 2006. Mario regularly provides legal representation and services to other municipalities, including the Towns of Easton, Madison, New Canaan, Trumbull, Weston and Wilton.

Mario currently serves as the Chairman of the Connecticut Bar Association (“CBA”) Planning and Zoning Section. Mario has served as Co-Chair for the Fairfield County Bar Association (FCBA) Land Use and Municipal Law Sections. Mario has also served as Co-Chair of the Real Property and Zoning Committee of the CBA’s Young Lawyer’s Section.

Jacqueline O. Kaufman, Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP, Stamford

Attorney Kaufman represents developers, individuals and corporate entities in real property and land use matters.  She regularly appears before municipal commissions and agencies in Fairfield and New Haven counties on a wide range of applications, including zone changes, subdivisions, site plans, special permits, variances, inland wetland and coastal area permits.  Jacqueline also represents individuals in residential real estate transactions and prepares zoning analyses related to potential developments and property acquisitions.  Jacqueline also files and defends administrative appeals in the Connecticut Superior Court.  She is admitted in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and has been recognized as a “Rising Star” in Super Lawyers magazine for the last several years.  Prior to joining Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey as a partner, Jacqueline was a partner with Sandak Hennessey & Greco LLP with whom she had practiced since 2003.

Jason Klein, Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP, Stamford

Attorney Klein’s practice focuses primarily in the areas of land use and real estate, representing developers, institutions, corporations, families and individuals in development projects and real estate transactions.  Jay has experience in many Connecticut communities, and enjoys assisting clients obtain approvals for a wide range of projects, from large-scale developments to single-family home improvements.  He leverages his experience in land use and real estate matters, connections to the community and relationships with decision makers to guide clients through the development process.  Prior to joining Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey, Jay was a Legal Fellow with the Connecticut Urban Legal Initiative, providing counsel in real estate transactions, land use and economic development to non-profit and economically disadvantaged clients.  While studying at the University of Connecticut School of Law, he served as the editor-in-chief of the Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal.  Jay also serves as a Justice of the Peace in Stamford, Connecticut.


2.0 CLE Credits: (CT: 2.0 General; NY: 2.0 AOP)