8. Continue to Engage
As the saying goes: “Success is never final, failure is never fatal.” If you have successfully advocated for short-term rentals in your community and seen positive policy enacted, congratulations! You have shown what a little passion and hard work can accomplish. But, don’t be lulled into a false sense of completion. The fight continues as proponents of dangerous short-term rental policies will continue to seek new ways of attacking the short-term rental economy. If success is to be sustained, you and your fellow advocates must continue to engage with local policymakers, community leaders, neighbors, and media outlets. By ensuring that your voice continues to be heard by all stakeholders in the local community, you ensure that short-term rentals continue to have a seat at the public policy table – protecting yourself and future generations of short-term rental travelers from damaging STR initiatives.