Vacation Renter Security Quiz Part 2: What Are Your Next Steps?

Last week, part one of the Vacation Renter Security Quiz started to look into what security measures you should take to prevent being victimized. Take the rest of this quiz today to learn more about what to do when an online prospective renter provides credit card payment and subsequent issues when dealing with such.

Trends in the Vacation Rental Industry: Q3 2016

Perhaps the biggest news to come out of quarter three is that the Founder and CEO of HomeAway, Brian Sharples, stepped down. Not necessarily a trend in itself, his replacement, experienced Expedia executive, John Kim, signaled that this is part of the larger trend that shaping this quarter: The Big Boys taking all the fun out of guessing what comes next.


Vacation Renter Security Quiz Part 1: Are You Prepared?

There is fraud risk everywhere on the Internet, and with their skyrocketing popularity, vacation rental websites are no exception. If you are a vacation rental homeowner or property manager, and use an online marketplace to rent out your vacation home, it's important not to take the platform's security measures for granted. While advanced technology can usually spot fraudsters, there are also actions that you should take to ensure that you do not become another fraud statistic, or be taken advantage of by your renters looking for loopholes in your rental contract. 

Your Guide to Best Practices in Short-term Vacation Rental Regulations

The VRMA tracks state and local regulatory issues related to short-term rentals across the U.S. All too often communities miss the mark on creating equitable rules that protect residents, property owners and the community as a whole. The U.S. Conference of Mayors advises that “fair regulation of short-term rentals ensures greater compliance.” Instead, communities often create knee-jerk policies that generate more problems than solutions, including outright bans. This type of reaction is exactly why the U. S. Conference of Mayors warned that “onerous regulations of short-term rentals can drive the industry underground,” which is ultimately counter-productive to policy makers' goals. 

What You Need to Know: Mattress Protection and Hygiene

Homeowners who are the only ones sleeping in their beds may not be as concerned about mattress protection and hygiene as vacation rental managers. As a VRM, you can never be too careful about protecting your mattresses from human contamination, bedbugs, dust mites and other pesky problems. Protecting your mattresses from bodily fluids — including blood, urine, perspiration and what isn't easily seen on the mattress — is necessary to ensure good mattress hygiene.

Engage Your Local Public Officials

Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This couldn't be truer than when it comes to the regulatory issues that are affecting vacation rental managers across the country. There are several steps you can take to inform public officials about your business and the industry as a whole.


Trends in the Vacation Rental Industry: Q2 2016

This is part of an ongoing VRMA series of quarterly reviews of the top trends in the vacation rental industry. For those new to the series, you can find earlier posts under myVRMA Blog Contributor Page.
This series' intent is to synthesize major trends and developments within the vacation rental industry over the period, not to just summarize them all. My hope is to stimulate discussion and debate, and as such, I strongly encourage use of the comments section at the bottom. I would like to hear what trends you think I have missed and what vacation rental managers (VRMs) can do to benefit from positive trends while limiting the detriment caused by negative trends.


Five Ways to Keep Your Vacation Homes Spotless During the Busy Summer Season

As a vacation rental manager, your priority during the often-busy summer season is to deliver an immaculate vacation space to every guest without worry. These cleaning tips, brought to you by some of Vacasa's busiest and most highly valued team members, will keep your home shipshape even when guests are coming and going faster than usual. These tips come from cleaning 231,000 homes across the world, so you know they are tried and true.   

Vacation Rental Advocacy and Regulatory Update

Across the U.S., from Beaufort, North Carolina to Los Angeles and everywhere in between, I have been tracking local and state legislation that unfairly regulates vacation rental properties. In many cases, the news stories and ordinances read the same. However, there is a growing trend for only primary home rentals or severely restricted secondary home rentals.

Shake-ups in the collaborative industry

The collaborative industry has been growing at an exponential rate, with the business model roughly defined as consumer peer-to-peer sharing of resources (for example: car sharing, rental accommodation or bike sharing). While the industry is by no means new, public awareness and inherent demand have moved the industry into the mainstream with the growth of companies such as Uber and Airbnb. Not only is it disrupting the traditional sales industry and forcing a rethink of strategy, but it is also changing and developing as it establishes itself. We look into how this industry is changing right now.