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.