As employers, taxpayers, and neighbors, hoteliers are proud to be an integral part of your communities, and we are committed to strengthening and growing them together. AHLA supports the rights of property owners to occasionally rent out a room in their home, also known as homesharing. But commercial shortterm rental operators use platforms such as Airbnb to list multiple units in the same metropolitan area or list units for extended periods of time. Many commercial operators flout basic safety and security laws, zoning rules and taxes. These illegal hotels create safety concerns, reduce affordable housing inventory, drive up rent prices, and displace longtime residents.

In many cases, short-term rental companies also rely on tax agreements resulting from backroom negotiations called “voluntary collection agreements” (VCAs) that allow them to pay taxes on the honor system, instead of the transparent tax structures required of every other law-abiding business in America. A 2017 analysis found at least 58 percent of Airbnb VCAs include hidden provisions such as blocking auditor access to Airbnb books and back-tax amnesty provisions.


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CBRE Study

AHLA Position

AHLA supports common-sense regulations and accountability of the short-term rental industry to ensure a level and legal playing field within the lodging sector.

Short-Term Rental Toolkit

The Short-Term Rental Toolkit is designed to be a resource for current members of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA). It contains earned media examples, talking points, studies and additional materials that can be used to engage and advocate on common-sense regulations and accountability of the short-term rental industry to ensure a level and legal playing field within the lodging sector. For questions or more information, please contact Isabela Dorneles at idorneles@ahla.com.

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Airbnb Agreements with State and Local Tax Agencies 

This report evaluates twelve publicly released agreements that Airbnb has entered with state or local governments that directly address lodging taxes, but have impacts on other state and local laws.  The agreements are from across the nation and have effective dates ranging from 2014 into 2017.  Because of their variations in geography and time, the report assumes that these 12 agreements are reasonably representative of the larger body of approximately 200 agreements that Airbnb has signed. The large majority of Airbnb agreements are being held secret from the public.

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Hosts with Multiple Units – A Key Driver of Airbnb Growth

This report, conducted by CBRE Hotels’ Americas Research, reveals that a significant and growing portion of Airbnb’s revenue is generated by operators who rent out more than one residential property to short-term visitors. The national review of Airbnb’s operations spotlights 13 of the nation’s largest markets: Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Oahu, Portland, OR, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

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Key Stats

Commercial landlords are using Airbnb to rent out multiple residential properties year-round, just like a hotel, while avoiding regulation and taxes.

  • In the U.S., hosts renting out two or more entire-home units generated nearly $2 billion in revenue in 2016. In the 13 markets highlighted, revenue reached $700 million.
  • 81% of Airbnb’s U.S. revenue – $4.6 billion – comes from whole-unit rentals (those rentals where the owner is not present during the time of the rental), rising from 78% in the prior year. 
  • Hosts with 10 or more properties are generating a quarter of all multi-host revenue, roughly $175 million in the 13 markets studied.
  • Each of the 13 cities studied saw an increase in the total number of listings by multi-unit hosts. In Nashville, Seattle, Oahu, and New Orleans, the growth of the number of units managed by multi-unit operators more than doubled -- and Nashville saw an increase of more than 160%.
  • Revenue growth for entire-home properties increased by an average of 76% in the 13 markets studied. Nashville (+283%) was the fastest growing market followed by Oahu (+187%) and New Orleans (+144%).

According to a recent study from CBRE: Hosts with Multiple Units -- A Key Driver of Airbnb Growth

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If you’re a New Yorker struggling to find affordable housing, the only thing more troubling than these currents trends is the latest threat to affordable housing forces: Airbnb and other illegal hotel operators.

Talking Points

Members only resource offering high level bullet points on the key issues affecting our industry today.

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