Flipping America 338, Short Term Rental Legal Update

Podcast 338, Short Term Rentals legal update

Short term rentals are under fire from local municipalities. Today we are getting an update on developments with short-term Rentals from Pam O’Dell, Executive Director of the Short Term Rental Owners Association of Georgia. The legislature is in session and there are interesting developments.

Government involvement and interference with real estate development is nothing new. You don’t have to look far to find examples of higher prices and slower development because of bureaucratic overreach, fees, processes, and delays. I can give you many examples, but here is one: Government rent-controls end up costing landlords so much they are actually better off leaving a house vacant while waiting for price appreciation to allow them to sell. This leads to quite a bit of vacant properties in places like California. In a few minutes I’m going to share with you the state’s response to this problem. You will love this I’m sure. 

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Guest: Pam O’Dell

  • Short Term Rental Association of Georgia
  • Stroaga.org
  • We have been the whipping post. Mostly at the local level.
  • Lot of talk, soon to be action
  • HB 276, is law. Platforms are responsible for remitting directly the state sales tax. Use to be the owners collected the tax and had responsibility to pay it. It is retroactive to Jan 1, 2020. 
  • Platforms are being sued by various municipal governments for back taxes. 
  • HB 448 being debated. Extension of 276. Asks the platforms to remit the hotel motel tax. 
  • Tax bills are required to be accompanied by a Fiscal Note, basically projecting how much revenue this tax would generate. It is projecting that short term will bring in more money. 
  • Bans. IF a municipality bans airbnb now they are costing the state money. 
  • Preempt bill. A state law preventing local municipalities from banning STR 

Motivational Thoughts for the day

“If you laid all of our laws end to end, there would be no end.” ~ Mark Twain

“It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.” ~ Martin Luther King

Expected Air Date: Thur 2/27/2020

Guest: Pam O’Dell

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