Short-term rental regulation and legislation is a hot topic right now. Many major cities including New York City, Miami and San Diego – to name a few – are advancing bills and legislation which further restrict short-term rental services, requiring hosts to register information and banning rentals of secondary homes. More cities are likely to follow suit in the coming weeks and months, so it is of great import that hosts are aware and seek to acquire the latest information on current and upcoming changes to regulations in your area.
In some instances, legislation is too strict and is seen as unfair as it seeks to restrict the rights of homeowners and how they choose to use their property. In order to make a change and fight back, it is important to get involved and build strength in numbers by working with your local community of Airbnb hosts in order to generate a singular voice for legal operators to fight back with.
Not all regulations are equal though. In some instances, they are fair and can be beneficial in setting parameters in areas where none of have been set. They can help guide imprudent hosts and bring them in line with regulations designed to help monitor their operations and ensure that safety and security measures are met.
Today I speak with Megan McCrea, the President of the Nashville Area Short Term Rental Association. She has plenty of experience with short-term legislation and how advocacy works. In this episode, Megan shares her experiences as a host as well as shares advice on how hosts and owners can work together and take part in local conversations and make a positive difference in short-term regulation.
*The history of regulations in Nashville
*Why she got into the short-term rental business
*What ‘advocacy’ really means and why more hosts aren’t involved
*How to get involved if there isn’t a local organization
*What is at risk if host communities fail to activate
*Why it’s important to connect with local businesses