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Draft Short-Term Rental Amendment No Quick-Fix, Technology Platforms Have No Role In Enforcing Local Regulations


TravelTech on April 26, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – APRIL 26, 2016 – The Travel Technology Association (Travel Tech), the premier trade association for leaders in online travel innovation, released the following statement in response to newly proposed amendments to short-term rental legislation from San Francisco Supervisors David Campos and Aaron Peskin:

“Our members have always been eager to partner with city officials to create efficient and effective short-term rental regulations. San Francisco spent years debating and crafting its own short-term rental regulations, even going so far as to create a citywide Office of Short-Term Rental Administration,” said Matt Kiessling, who leads short-term rental policy for the Travel Technology Association.  “We would welcome the opportunity to engage in a meaningful dialogue in order to help the city achieve its goals, but it’s concerning that this latest proposal leans so heavily on the platforms to accomplish those goals without recognizing some of the limitations or asking for input.”

Short-term rental platforms have created a vibrant industry in which travelers seeking short-term rental accommodations can connect with providers. These platforms are technology companies and are not in a position to police listings and determine the legality of a specific short-term rental.

“Short-term rentals are as vital a part of San Francisco’s tourism marketplace as the innovative technology platforms that drive this industry,” Kiessling continued. “The short term rental economy generates millions in local spending and allows travelers the unique experience of living like a local. Instead of looking for another quick fix, it’s critical for the city to collaborate with industry on reasonable solutions that encourage compliance while ensuring short-term rentals remain a viable option for travelers.”

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