Friday, September 9, 2016

RPTE Professor's Corner: Regulating Short-Term Rentals


Professors’ Corner

FREE monthly webinar featuring a panel of law professors, 

addressing topics of interest to practitioners of real estate and trusts/estates

Members of DIRT are welcome to register and participate

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

12:30 p.m. Eastern/11:30 a.m. Central/9:30 a.m. Pacific

Emerging Legal Issues in the Sharing Economy:

Regulating Short-Term Rentals


  • Jamila Jefferson-Jones, Associate Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
  • Stephen R. Miller, Associate Professor, University of Idaho College of Law


  • Christopher Odinet, Horatio C. Thompson Endowed Assistant Professor, Southern University Law Center

Like network transportation companies and employment matching sites, sharing economy short-term rental (STR) companies are rapidly restructuring the American experience.  That these sharing economy STR companies – which are typified by entities such as Airbnb and VBRO – have such impact and market share at a time during which much of their business model remains, at best under-regulated and at worst illegal, makes it one of the most important emerging areas in American law.

Our panelists will discuss recent cases and emerging issues that examine the tension inherent in regulating sharing economy STRs as cities and states grapple with issues such as: whether STRs cause gentrification and escalation of rents in highly-coveted neighborhoods; whether or how these companies should be subject to the payment of transient occupancy taxes, as well as impact fees and exactions associated with STRs; day limits on STR market use; use definitions that define STRs; licensing and permitting; forced information sharing; the application of anti-discrimination laws; takings and inverse condemnation litigation; rent control and subletting provisions in leases, as well as other litigation that will certainly arise and develop in the near future.  Professors Miller and Jefferson-Jones are the authors of The State & Local Government Sharing Economy Manual:  Strategies for Regulating and Managing On-Demand Services, an ABA publication forthcoming in 2017.

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