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Common Myths about Short Term Rentals

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MYTH: STRs are owned or managed by Airbnb, Vrbo, and other booking platforms.

REALITY: Airbnb, Vrbo, and other platforms solely connect guests to hosts. They do not own or manage any of the properties subject to local regulations. Rather, the majority of Vermont STRs are owned and managed by members of our community, and many are using direct-booking options to further reduce costs placed on their customers.

MYTH: STR owners are all out-of-town investors or corporate developers.

REALITY: The majority of STR . . .

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Julie Marks
Julie Markshttps://vtstra.org/
Julie was born and raised in Vermont. After high school, she moved to Australia to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science from James Cook University, then later worked for several years in Seventh Generation’s Research & Development Department. In 2013, Julie relocated to Seattle to complete a Master’s Degree in Environmental Health and Professional Certificate in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Washington in Seattle. Julie returned to Vermont in 2018 to fulfill her dream of homesteading. She became a Certified Master Gardener through the University of Vermont Extension Program in 2020 and built a small homestead in Jericho, Vermont that includes two short-term rental (STR) accommodations amongst her gardens. In February 2021, Julie founded the Vermont Short-Term Rental Alliance (VTSTRA), the only business association and advocacy group for vacation rental owners and managers in Vermont, and has been advocating for fair and reasonable regulation of the STR industry ever since. To learn more about VTSTRA and its STR advocacy efforts, visit: www.vtstra.org
Julie Marks
Julie Markshttps://vtstra.org/
Julie was born and raised in Vermont. After high school, she moved to Australia to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science from James Cook University, then later worked for several years in Seventh Generation’s Research & Development Department. In 2013, Julie relocated to Seattle to complete a Master’s Degree in Environmental Health and Professional Certificate in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Washington in Seattle. Julie returned to Vermont in 2018 to fulfill her dream of homesteading. She became a Certified Master Gardener through the University of Vermont Extension Program in 2020 and built a small homestead in Jericho, Vermont that includes two short-term rental (STR) accommodations amongst her gardens. In February 2021, Julie founded the Vermont Short-Term Rental Alliance (VTSTRA), the only business association and advocacy group for vacation rental owners and managers in Vermont, and has been advocating for fair and reasonable regulation of the STR industry ever since. To learn more about VTSTRA and its STR advocacy efforts, visit: www.vtstra.org

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