AHLA Praises New York, San Diego for Reining in Short-Term Rentals

WASHINGTON—The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) has praised New York City and San Diego for their efforts to restrict short-term rentals.

The New York City Council this week voted unanimously to further regulate short-term home rental services. If signed into law, the legislation would require companies providing these services to disclose the addresses and names of hosts to the mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement on a monthly basis, otherwise penalties would be imposed.

Katherine Lugar, president and CEO of AHLA, said the following on the city’s efforts: “Today the New York City Council passed an industry setting measure to force greater transparency and responsibility for short-term rentals while helping to protect the fabric of New York neighborhoods and preserve residents’ access to affordable housing. Municipalities large and small are following the leadership demonstrated in the Big Apple to protect their residents and take back their neighborhoods.”

Across the country, in San Diego, the city council earlier this week voted to “outlaw vacation rentals in secondary homes, limiting short-term stays to one’s primary residence only,” according to the The San Diego Union-Tribune. 

“Mayor Faulconer displayed tremendous leadership in breaking through the gridlock on this important issue, and the San Diego City Council deserves praise for passing a strong ordinance that will restore the community fabric of neighborhoods across the city and protect housing for its vital workforce,” Lugar said.