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Homes Are Not Hotels

Housing Justice

What are Short-Term Rentals?

Short-term rentals, such as AirBnBs or Vrbos, are homes that are rented out for periods of under 30 days. A “vacation rental” is a short-term rental that the owner does not live in.

Vacation rentals can be rented at a much higher nightly rate than long-term rentals, making them more profitable for investors. Absentee investors are buying up homes in the Hudson Valley and converting them into unregulated hotels, effectively turning our neighborhoods into playgrounds for tourists and contributing to our region’s housing shortage.

Impact on the housing market

The University of Massachusetts-Boston Department of Economics; the The Social Science Research Network; and McGill University have all conducted studies proving that with each increase in Airbnb listings in a U.S. ZIP code, there are increases in rental and housing prices. 

Several Hudson Valley counties have some of the highest proportions of short-term rentals compared to available rental units in all of New York State.

What's the solution?

We’re saying yes to owner-occupied properties, no to vacation rentals. We’re fighting to pass laws locally that would:

  • Ban vacation rentals
  • Require short-term rental owners to apply for an annual permit and provide documentation that they live on-site 
  • Prohibit hosting platforms like AirBnb and Vrbo from posting un-registered listings
  • Fine owners for violating the law

SIGN THE PETITION

Add your name in support of short-term rental regulation!