The Short-Term Rental Advocacy Center (STRAC) is a broad-based coalition of property owners and managers, hosts, travelers and local businesses that recognizes the value of short-term rentals to both travelers and the local communities they visit. Increasingly, travelers are looking for alternative accommodations, and short-term rentals provide flexible housing options that allow them to spend longer periods of time in communities, in unique accommodations while contributing to the local economy. As such, municipalities should embrace this economic opportunity by working with industry stakeholders to establish a reasonable framework for regulating short-term rental activity so that all may benefit.
The popularity of short-term rentals as a travel accommodation has grown enormously in the last few years. With that growth policymakers across the country have struggled to address some of the challenges that short-term can present to local communities. Unfortunately, many of them are working without much background or information, and in many cases, a great deal of misinformation. As a short-term rental owner, operator, or host, you have subject matter expertise that is valuable to local policymakers. As local policymakers address short-term rental rules and regulations, it is essential that you and your fellow owners, operators, and hosts become a part of that conversation.