With the rise of listing sites like Airbnb and HomeAway, debates over short-term rental regulations have been heating up across the country. And state lawmakers, like in Tennessee, are looking to take the next step in this discussion.
On Tuesday, February 27th, an amendment to Tennessee Senate Bill 1086 is up for debate, reviving this piece of legislation from last year that has the ability to preserve and protect the state’s short-term rental industry.
SB1086’s counterpart passed in the Tennessee House last February as HB1020. The bill is a boon for short-term rental owners –– it protects short-term rentals by prohibiting city councils from banning short-term rental listing sites and would overturn existing bans in cities like Nashville.
Supporting this legislation is paramount to protecting the short-term rental industry in Tennessee, and it can serve as a model for other states to do the same.
Here’s how you can get involved:
- Use this link from the Beacon Center to email your state representatives with a personalizable message
- Post on social media about how owning a short-term rental has helped you as a homeowner and tag your legislators
- Email the Commerce Committee, who will be discussing this bill
- Connect with a local short-term rental advocacy group in your area, like NASTRA
- Reach out to your local property manager – or if you don’t have one, contact Leslie Eggleston, TurnKey’s General Manager for Nashville, by email [firstname.lastname@example.org] or by phone [(615) 377-2593]