Online Short-Term Rental Platforms

The Association of Independent Hospitality Professionals (AIHP), the leading voice for innkeepers and allied partners that support the U.S. innkeeping industry, has a strong position paper addressing short-term rental properties listed on online platforms such as Airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway.

AIHP believe that individuals who list properties on these platforms, but who may not be properly regulated or pay appropriate taxes, should be held to those same standards and regulations as professionally-run B&Bs and inns. AIHP also encourages its members to list their properties on these platforms to take advantage of the expansive marketing effort these companies have undertaken to appeal to a new and unique class of leisure travelers.

As part of a multipronged approach to address the challenges that our members face from illegal or unregulated short-term rental properties, here are some other actions that AIHP is undertaking to support our members and the innkeeping industry:

  • Working directly with Airbnb at the executive and field levels and with bedandbreakfast.com (owned by HomeAway) to ensure that our concerns and those of the innkeeping industry are being heard and addressed. AIHP is advocating for online rental platforms to provide local and state regulating bodies with address and contact information as a requirement when hosts list their properties.  We are encouraged that this requirement was part of the recent agreement between Airbnb and the City of San Francisco.  
  • Working with our members and legislators at the state and local levels, including Virginia, Texas, New Mexico, Indiana, St. Paul, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Florida. In many of these states and local communities, we have written letters supporting our members to state and local legislators and government officials.  We have attended workgroup and legislative hearings to support our member’s efforts at the local and state level.  We have hosted numerous conference calls throughout the country to discuss these critical issues and to lend support to our members.  The industry has seen some recent success with legislation to combat the proliferation of unregistered short-term rental properties in places like Virginia and Texas, and AIHP will continue to track this legislation and support state and local associations in their efforts to support laws that benefit our members.
  • Compiling a toolkit (see below) for our members to educate themselves about how to get involved and make regulatory and code enforcement changes at the local level. It will build on the work done by the Pennsylvania Bed and Breakfast Association (PABBI), with the addition of information gathered by AIHP and other states and municipalities.

Short-Term Rental Toolkit  

What’s Included:

Overview Memo

How to Use the Short-Term Rental Toolkit

AIHP's Policy Statement

AIHP’s Short-Term Rental Policy

Talking Points

Market Realities About Short-Term Rental Websites

Sample Letter

Letter to Elected Official

Sample Article

Publication in community newsletter or website

Educational Rack Card

 Are You in Compliance with Local & State Requirements?

PowerPoint Presentation

Short-Term Rentals Discussion 

Legislative Initiatives in the Other States

What we are seeing around the Country! 

State and Local Responses to Short Term Rentals 

Vermont

 VIBBA - Position for Bill S-204