Launched in February 2013, The Short Term Rental Advocacy Center is focused upon protecting the rights of short-term rental property owners from hiring out rental homes for less then 30 days.
The coalition between the biggest names in the rentals industry – namely Airbnb, FlipKey, HomeAway and Trip Advisor, was formed due to increasingly restrictive laws in several major areas across the US. Recent high-profile cases in New York where un-registered rental owners/managers advertising on Airbnb have been hit with major fines have brought the situation to the fore. Tax evasion is one of the major contributory factors behind the crackdown.
While Airbnb’s model focuses more on short-term rentals than the others, all four booking portals were agreed that one lobbying group would have more success than each company “going off in different directions”.
The Short Term Rental Advocacy Center currently has chapters in 13 American jurisdictions and states the following ‘principles’:
- 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 cities 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.