Any short-term regulation should be developed to protect the community, property owners and managers, hosts and travelers. The adoption of oppressive or limiting regulations on short-term rentals can have the detrimental effect of driving the pro-growth industry underground, effectively eliminating accountability and depriving communities of any corresponding tax and revenue benefits. Communities throughout the United States rely on local taxes to promote travel and tourism, and the fair and reasonable regulation of short-term rentals has the ability to ensure increased compliance, and in turn, increased tax revenue. At its core, successful short-term rental regulation allows municipalities to easily identify and contact a short-term rental owner, make the tax collection and remittance obligations clear, and ensure that short-term rentals remain an option for travelers. Importantly, successful regulations also balance the needs of long-term residents and the community as a whole.
Successful short-term rental regulation should:
- Recognize short-term rentals as a non-commercial activity considered under the same or similar guidelines and laws as those governing long-term residential rental properties.
- Apply to all types of short-term rentals without differentiations between residency, use, advertising or booking platforms or business models.
- Acknowledge that no additional laws or ordinances are necessary for dealing with nuisance issues, and that the enforcement of existing municipal and city codes is sufficient.
- Recognize that tax collection and remittance is not responsibility of the platform through which a short-term rental is located by a traveler or through which a reservation or payment is made.
- In cases where the registration of short-term rentals is desirable and includes the payment of an administrative or licensing fee, mandate that such fees shall be limited to a one time cost of $100 or less and an annual renewal cost not to exceed $25.
- Recognize the value of short-term rentals in providing flexible housing and legalize and formalize short-term rentals as a unique and valuable alternative for travelers.
- Be developed through an open and transparent dialogue among policymakers, industry stakeholders, property owners and the community.
Additional Info: The Short Term Rental Advocacy Center (STRAC) was created by Airbnb, HomeAway, TripAdvisor and FlipKey, in response to requests from owners, operators, and hosts who are seeking help to engage with policymakers that may be considering how formalizing fair and reasonable short-term rental regulations can responsibly foster this growing industry. STRAC is a project of the Travel Technology Association.
For more information about STRAC, email info@STRAdvocacy.org