AirBnb recently advised me of a proposed new Vermont bill, restricting owners’ ability to Short Term Rent their property. Some provisions are reasonable, such as a $130 annual licensing fee. However, the onerous provision is this:
§ 4469. RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT A person may not offer all or part of a dwelling unit as a short-term rental unless the person has occupied the dwelling unit as his or her primary residence for:
(1) 270 days of the preceding year; or
(2) if the person has owned or leased the dwelling unit for less than a year, more than percent of the days that the person has owned or leased the dwelling unit.
Here is a link to the Draft bill as introduced: LINK = https://legislature.vermont.gov/Documents/2022/Docs/BILLS/H-0200/H-0200%20As%20Introduced.pdf
AirBnb set up a “Civic Action Center” at this LINK = https://actnow.airbnbcitizen.com/yUKdFB6
However, I am an Out-of-State owner. (My Co-Host, a relative, lives in Vermont, and manages the day-to-day activities). I have contacted AirBnb to reach their legislative affairs team, as I don’t feel individuals have much clout to influence the legislative process. Hosts need some legal / lobbying pressure from AirBnb. Waiting to hear back on that,
Have any other hosts had this issue come up in other states, and found ways to defeat this type of legislation?