Statewide Rental Registry Would Address Lodging Equity and Aid Housing Discussions

Legislation that would create a rental housing registry is in consideration by the House General and Housing Committee. The Vermont Chamber testified on H.276 this week in support of a statewide registry, noting that the bill would collect the basic information necessary to provide data for future conversations on enforcing health and safety regulations for short-term rentals (STRs). The Vermont Chamber has been a strong advocate for equity in the lodging industry as well as the need to address how STRs are contributing to the housing shortage.  

Data from a 2020 report to the legislature on the impact of short-term rentals (STRs) highlighted the impact on available housing stock. Since then, the state of housing has only worsened. For the lodging industry, the registry would be a step forward to leveling the playing field by ensuring a safe rental environment, moving towards equity in the lodging marketplace, and providing information for future pragmatic policy decisions.