Registry Advances with More Exemptions

The Senate Economic Development, Housing & General Affairs Committee voted favorably on S.210, which creates a rental registry but exempts properties rented for fewer than 90-days each year. While a majority of the Committee acknowledges the critical importance of the registry for all short term rentals (STRs), they are crafting a bill that will be more likely to gain the Governor’s approval according to the path set forth in his veto message. With this exemption, Vermont will not collect important information to fully understand the impact STRs have on the tourism market and on housing scarcity. S.210 will likely pass the Senate and then move to the House for their consideration where robust conversations are anticipated. The Vermont Chamber will continue to advocate for equity within Vermont’s lodging industry.