Survey: Americans support reforming federal law to rein in short-term rentals
According to a fresh national survey, Americans overwhelmingly support amending federal law to eliminate loopholes utilized by short-term rental sites, like Airbnb and HomeAway, in order to avoid having to adhere to local laws enacted by cities along with other localities over the national country. Three in four Americans (76 percent) believe short-term rental sites ought to be held in charge of complying with local laws, and 73 percent support an amendment to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) to avoid companies, like HomeAway and Airbnb, from invoking the federal law in order to avoid compliance with state and local ordinances, the Morning Consult survey in accordance with.
Online internet sites and social media marketing platforms have claimed that CDA Section 230 gives them protection from any third-party user publishing information or content with their website. However, Big Tech rental platforms such as for example Airbnb and HomeAway have already been invoking regulations to sue city governments in the united states for enacting ordinances that could require the short-term rental sites to eliminate profitable, but illegal rental listings from their websites.
Cities have started cracking down on Big Tech rental platforms, like Airbnb and HomeAway, following a growing amount of studies show the influx of short-term rentals in U.S. cities has depleted the housing supply and increased the price to rent or own a genuine home. Representative Ed Case (D-HI) introduced bipartisan legislation, H.R.4232, co-sponsored by Rep. Peter King (R-NY) and Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC), in recent days called the Protecting Local Authority and Neighborhoods Act (PLAN) to amend CDA Section 230 to eliminate loopholes that short-term rental companies exploit in order to avoid compliance with local ordinances.
The national survey of 2,200 adults, by Morning Consult on August 27-29 conducted, showed Americans strongly believe short-term rental companies such as for example Airbnb and HomeAway ought to be held in charge of policing illegal activity on the websites and that CDA 230 ought to be amended:
• 76% agreed that “if Airbnb is creating a benefit from short-term rentals on its site, it will ensure the dog owner renting the house follows local safety and laws requirements.”
• 77% agreed “Airbnb ought to be necessary to remove rental listings from its website which are classified as illegal or banned by municipality laws.”
• 78% agreed “Communications Decency Act (Section 230) ought to be amended to create it clear that sites are in charge of removing illegal services or products.”
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• 73% agreed “Communications Decency Act (Section 230) ought to be amended to eliminate potential loopholes that companies such as for example Airbnb might use in order to avoid local laws designed to prevent illegal rentals.”
Chip Rogers, cEO and president at American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) says short-term rental companies are abusing the decades-old federal law beyond Congress’ intent by filing federal lawsuits against cities to bully local leaders into watering down ordinances designed to protect affordable housing, reduce negative impacts on neighborhoods and safeguard tourism jobs.
“For too long far, these Big Tech short-term rental platforms have already been hiding behind this antiquated law so as to bully and threaten legal action against local elected officials that are simply attempting to protect their residents from illegal rentals which are destroying neighborhoods,” said Rogers. “This survey confirms that Americans believe short-term rental companies are in charge of removing illegal rental listings on the site and really should follow local laws to safeguard affordable housing and standard of living.”
Rogers continued to indicate that having an overwhelming most Americans supporting an amendment to CDA Section 230 to avoid short-term rental sites from invoking regulations in order to avoid compliance local ordinances, Congress should act immediately.
“These Big Tech rental platforms are invoking a loophole in a federal law to snub their noses at municipality leaders in the united states, while continuing to benefit from illegal business transactions,” said Rogers. “From a business perspective, we simply want platforms like Airbnb and HomeAway to follow exactly the same laws that the hotel industry adheres to along with almost every other law-abiding business, from main street in small towns to central business districts in major cities. Congress shouldn’t allow Big Tech rental platforms to use above the statutory law.”
morning Consult survey includes a margin of error of plus or minus two percent
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