Can There Be Compromise on a Rental Registry?

The Vermont Chamber testified in the Senate Economic Development Committee in support of creating a statewide short-term rental (STR) registry. The testimony referenced Vermont Futures Project research and noted that the STR market and Vermont’s housing shortage must be part of the same conversation. The Committee revisited S.79 and discussed a new bill, S.210, which seeks a path to compromise by addressing some of the concerns outlined in Governor Scott’s S.79 veto message. Both bills address rental housing health and safety and contain provisions to create a short-term rental registry. A registry would serve as an important step to ensure a safe rental environment by providing an avenue for communication and data collection. Read the Vermont Chamber’s testimony here.