Anaheim City Council Ignores Needs of Travelers and Rights of Homeowners, Ratifies Short-term Rental Ban

ANAHEIM, CA | JULY 13, 2016  – The Travel Technology Association (Travel Tech), the national trade association for leaders in the online travel industry, including short-term rental innovators Airbnb, HomeAway, VRBO and FlipKey, released the following statement after the Anaheim City Council ratified their ban on short-term rentals.

“In banning short-term rentals, the Anaheim City Council has sacrificed significant economic opportunity for the community at the behest of legacy hotel interests and a few loud voices,” said Matt Kiessling, who heads up Travel Tech’s short-term rental policy. “Local residents have been stripped of income they’ve come to depend on, local businesses will see less foot traffic, and the city will lose out on tax revenue.”

Anaheim’s short-term rental ban goes into effect in mid-August, after which owners will have 18 months to stop operating. As more and more travelers choose short-term rentals, Anaheim’s visitors will begin to look to neighboring towns for accommodations solutions.  The city’s drastic response to the growing short-term rental marketplace shows they have no interest in meeting the needs of travelers or protecting the rights of local homeowners.

“There are fair and reasonable paths forward for short-term rental regulation that both allow visitors access to a variety of options and protect neighborhoods,” Kiessling continued. “The city council should be working to meet the needs of all of its citizens, not just those of a vocal minority.”