There is now a move at the federal level to get listing platforms like Airbnb and VRBO to block listings that may violate local laws.
Keep an eye on this and be prepared to mobilize to push back!
Read the article in the Washington Times HERE.
This proposed law would preempt due process by having the listing sites shut us down while cities like Arlington, Grapevine and Austin are fighting these unconstitutional ordinances in the courts. What recourse do we have if the listing platforms get it wrong? And what liability are they subjected to if a city disagrees with them on blocking certain listings?
Airbnb guests overpaying sales tax on short-term rentals in unincorporated Summit County News | January 3, 2020
Click on the link above and you'll see another example why HR 4232 introduced by Ed Case is a terrible idea. The bill would compel STR listing sites like Airbnb and VRBO to remove listings that don't comply with city or state laws. The listing platforms operate in thousands of cities across the US, and with laws and policies changing all the time it is virtually impossible to expect them to get it right.
In the case above Airbnb is charging STR owners city sales tax when those STRs operate in an unincorporated area in which those sales taxes don't apply.
Here in Arlington, TX it would add another dimension for disputed regulations forcing STR owners to not only fight the city in court on unconstitutional ordinances, but to also fight the listing sites to stop them from enforcing unconstitutional ordinances.
Shoving the listing cites into the middle of disputes between city governments and the property owners only makes the issues more complicated and more difficult for the property owners, who will almost always have fewer resources than the city.
Even though on every other level of government this is STRs are legal, what should be done if the city comes after us? I am not seeing much talk on other forums to fight against this.
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