By Jerry Bien-Willner | Your Valley
The short-term rental platforms are working hard to spin their recent loss.
They would have you believe that they offered legislation to “fix” the STR rental problems that they created in our towns and throughout the state, only to have it rejected without reason. That’s just not so.
Airbnb and its allies came into this unwillingly. Their “industry bill” — Senate Bill 1379 — emerged only after we shook the industry off its self-serving mantra that the current state law was perfect and required no change. Their backpedaling was a victory in itself, spurred by our work, the alliances we have built, and positive citizen action.