AHLA Applauds San Diego, Boston Mayors for Reining in Short-Term Rentals

WASHINGTON—AHLA president and CEO Katherine Lugar has recently applauded two mayors for their continued efforts on reining in short-term rentals.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer proposed a short-term rental plan that caps the number of units at two per host citywide outside of Mission Beach, and includes a set of provisions to ensure transparency and accountability while preserving the ability for home sharing.

“We encourage the city council to take swift action and pass this strong short-term rental legislation this summer,” Lugar said. “Decisive action now by the city council is vital to rein in commercial short-term rental operators and protect the community fabric of neighborhoods in San Diego and preserve affordable housing citywide.”

With the help of Mayor Marty Walsh, the Boston City Council recently approved a short-term rental ordinance that eliminates investor unit listings and institutes a strong set of regulations to ensure data transparency and accountability from short-term rental platforms, while still allowing for home sharing.

“Boston has shown the way for how the home sharing industry ought to operate,” Lugar said. “This ordinance will dramatically improve consumer safety, address affordable housing concerns and maintain the character of neighborhoods for Boston residents. We urge the state legislature to take the next step to ensure a more level playing field throughout Massachusetts between new and traditional lodging businesses.”