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Sadly, it IS taking available rentals off the market. But I am in the same boat as you. I’m at possible double per month (or more) with short term renting compared to I would be getting with long term renting. I only tried long term renting once and the one tenant I had (whom I had screened carefully) didn’t even wait a week before becoming unhappy and negative. Short term renting is less impact. They are gone a lot sightseeing. Even though vacation renting is so seasonal here, it still makes me way more than long term renting. Without the legal worries and tenant rights.