European Commission hints at specific initiative for establishing and enforcing STR rental rules

Closing the regulatory enforcement gap for short-term rentals (STR), rentals have counted among the key debates held on the Digital Services Act (DSA), with discussions on the adoption of this future Regulation in full swing in the European Institutions.

While the Digital Services Act is likely to partially address some of the issues faced by local and regional authorities when seeking to manage local STR offers and enforce rules to contain their potential negative side-effects, there is also recognition among observers and decision-makers that the future Regulation cannot be a ‘silver bullet’ for all problems linked to the digital and collaborative economy.

It now appears that the European Commission will be looking into the STR regulatory conundrum more specifically, with a dedicated public consultation likely to emerge in the coming months and a possible policy initiative to follow, a move that HOTREC would warmly welcome.

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