Short-term rentals are bringing tangible benefits to homeowners, residents, travelers, businesses and local communities in cities around the globe.
But restrictive short-term rental regulations at the local level can have the unintended consequence of limiting those benefits.
We represent the interests of the millions of people across the U.S. who participate in and benefit from the vital, dynamic and growing short-term rental marketplace.
As short-term rentals grow in popularity, we are working with local residents and short-term rental providers to share information, establish best practices and advance smart short-term rental regulation that safeguards travelers, alleviates neighborhood concerns and provides a framework for ensuring compliance.
Our goal is simple: To allow the short-term rental marketplace to continue to thrive to the benefit of all stakeholders
The Short Term Rental Advocacy Center (STRAC) was created by Airbnb, HomeAway, TripAdvisor and FlipKey responding to requests from our communities who asked for help in engaging with policymakers who are considering how smart regulations can responsibly foster this growing industry.
In communities all across the country, individual residents, property managers, travelers, and policymakers are asking questions about regulation of short-term rentals.
As leaders in the short-term rental marketplace, we felt obligated to make sure our communities had a reliable source of information to contribute to this discussion. That’s why we formed the Short Term Rental Advocacy Center (STRAC). Working collaboratively with others who benefit from this growing market, the STRAC compiles the best data and resources available for use in understanding the impacts and advocating for smart regulation of short-term rentals, and offers a platform that allows individuals in these communities to easily access, distribute and use that information and connect with others who support short-term rentals.
A residential property rented for less than 30 consecutive days.
The short-term rental industry provides a unique travel experience and offers a broad range of accommodation options for travelers, supplemental income for local residents and increased revenue in local communities, when visitors frequent local businesses. In many cases, short-term rentals provide a lower-cost alternative for travelers, enabling them to take trips that might be cost-prohibitive or simply difficult to find suitable accommodations for families or groups with more traditional lodging options.
Some residents rented their homes on a short-term basis to supplement their incomes and pay bills, especially during the recent economic downturn.
No. Short-term rentals have been available in vacation locations for decades. However, short-term rentals have become more popular as the Internet has helped make them more accessible and affordable.
We support compliance with existing laws, whether that be collection of local taxes, registration requirements or other provisions. However, we believe any regulations on short-term rentals should be easy to locate, understand and comply with, and existing regulations tend to provide ample tools for addressing the actions of a few bad apples, for example, noise ordinances, neighborhood parking regulations, trash guidelines.
If you join a local group, you are connecting with others in your community concerned about short-term rental regulations. These are independent local groups, so we can’t always vouch for activities of these groups, though by and large these are constructive groups looking to advocate for fair reasonable rules that benefit all stakeholders.
STRAC’s local chapters are created by concern citizens. Please visit our Connect page to learn more.
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