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New Poll Finds Overwhelming Support for Short-Term Rentals in South Carolina

Travel Tech on February 21, 2018

80% of residents say homeowners should have the right to rent out their home

Arlington, VA – Results from a recent Mason-Dixon Poll found that an overwhelming majority of South Carolinians support the right for homeowners to rent out their home, or a room in their home, through short-term rental platforms such as Airbnb, HomeAway, or VRBO.

The polling found that 80 percent of individuals polled across the state of South Carolina believe homeowners should have the right to utilize their home for short-term renting. The largest pocket of support for short-term rentals came from the Charleston/Low Country region, where 85 percent of those polled support the use of short-term rental sites. The results also showed 77 percent support for short-term rentals among African Americans across the state.

“It’s no surprise that most South Carolinians support the right of homeowners to use their property for short-term renting,” said Matt Kiessling, Vice President, Short-Term Rental Policy for The Travel Technology Association (Travel Tech). “Short-term rental platforms provide property owners with a valuable source of extra income that can be used to pay the mortgage, save for retirement, fund household improvements, or pay for college. Additionally, studies have shown that short-term rental travelers stay longer and spend more at local businesses and attractions, which leads to increased economic benefits for The Palmetto State.”

According to Airbnb, South Carolina residents earned around $69 million through the company’s short-term rental platform last year, and the state gained $7.6 million in tax revenue from Airbnb. 

A breakdown of the poll in South Carolina shows 84 percent support for short-term rentals in the Florence/Pee Dee region, 79 percent support in the region of Greenville/Upstate, while 75 percent of those polled in the Columbia/Piedmont region support short-term renting.

Polling was conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy, Inc. of Jacksonville, Florida, from December 6 through December 10, 2017. A total of 625 registered South Carolina voters were interviewed statewide by telephone. The margin for error is no more than ± 4 percentage points.