The Short-Term Rental Advocacy Center (STRAC) is a broad-based coalition of property owners and managers, hosts, travelers and local businesses that recognizes the value of short-term rentals to both travelers and the local communities they visit. Increasingly, travelers are looking for alternative accommodations, and short-term rentals provide flexible housing options that allow them to spend longer periods of time in communities, in unique accommodations while contributing to the local economy. As such, municipalities should embrace this economic opportunity by working with industry stakeholders to establish a reasonable framework for regulating short-term rental activity so that all may benefit.

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:

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