Short Term Rental Advocacy Center (STRAC) Launches To Provide New Resource For Best Practices In Short-Term Rental Regulation

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Contact: Tim Doyle, 202-292-6970, info@stradvocacy.org

SHORT TERM RENTAL ADVOCACY CENTER (STRAC) LAUNCHES TO PROVIDE NEW RESOURCE FOR BEST PRACTICES IN SHORT-TERM RENTAL REGULATION

Announces national website and initial local chapters in 10 communities, with plans to expand

Feb. 25, 2013 –Four of the leading U.S. online companies serving short-term rental operators and travelers today announced the launch of the Short Term Rental Advocacy Center (STRAC), an online resource for homeowners, property managers, residents, travelers and policymakers interested in learning more about best practices in regulation of the short-term rental marketplace. Airbnb, HomeAway, TripAdvisor and FlipKey formed the group in response to requests from users and local policymakers across the country.

“Short-term rentals are bringing tangible benefits to homeowners, residents, travelers, businesses and local communities across the country,” said STRAC spokesman Tim Doyle. “As short-term rentals grow in popularity, some communities are asking questions about how to regulate the industry. As leaders in the short-term rental marketplace, we want to make sure all stakeholders, but most importantly our customers, have a reliable source of information to contribute to this important discussion.”

The group operates under four guiding principles, which define best practices in regulation of the short-term rental marketplace:

  • We believe people have a right to rent their property on a short-term basis.
  • We believe the short-term rental marketplace brings tangible benefits to homeowners, residents, travelers and local communities in destinations around the world.
  • We believe local short-term rental regulations should be easy to locate, understand and comply with.
  • We believe existing “good neighbor” laws provide sufficient protection against any disruptive behavior on the part of long-term residents or their guests.

STRAC is working with local residents, short-term rental providers and others to share information, establish best practices and advance smart short-term rental regulation that benefits all stakeholders.

To guide this effort at a local level, STRAC announced the launch of 10 initial chapter sites for the following cities, with more to come:

Visitors to the site will learn more about what they can do to advocate for smart regulations of short-term rentals in their communities and sign up to for updates on new developments in their area. More information can be found on the STRAC website: www.stradvocacy.org.

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About the Short Term Rental Advocacy Center (STRAC): STRAC was formed in early 2013  by a coalition of short-term rental marketplace stakeholders, 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. Learn more at www.stradvocacy.org.

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