American Holtel & Lobbying Association promises to fight AirBnB

The American Hotel & Lobbying Association is launching a nationwide campaign to get federal and local governments to crack down on short term rentals “facilitated through websites such as AirBnB”.  Their main concern is ensuring that everyone is playing on a level playing field mostly concerning taxes but they have also hinted at Department of Health regulations which would be much more difficult for short term rentals to comply with.  This is something we are keeping an eye on here at VRMAWA and why it’s imperative we have a strong alliance with the Washington Lodging Association!


Chiwawa River Pines Washington Supreme Court Ruling – Vacation Rental Owners WIN!

The Washington Supreme Court ruling in this long running lawsuit was filed yesterday in favor of Vacation Rental Owners.  Their conclusion:

“The trial court properly excluded inadmissible testimony offered by the
Association and granted summary judgment in favor of the Wilkinsons. The
covenants in effect before the 20 11 amendment allowed Chiwawa homeowners to rent their homes without limitations on duration. Such short-term rentals do not violate the ban on commercial use or the requirement that structures be suitable for single-family residential use. Because a durational restriction on rentals would be inconsistent with the 198811992 covenants, it cannot be adopted by a simple majority vote of Chiwawa homeowners. Therefore, the 2011 amendment barring short-term
rentals was invalid. We affirm.”
Read the full ruling at the link below:

VRMAWA Coming soon to a town near you!

“It’s amazing for me to realize that almost every change that we have made over the last ten years to improve our business has come from ideas and solutions that we learned while attending the Vacation Rental Managers Association of Washington conferences. I would not miss one conference! It has been that much of an impact.”  Daniel Eby, Destination Leavenworth
This is the sentiment from most VRMAWA conference attendees.  For one reason or another so many of your aren’t making it to us…..so, we are taking this show on the road for the VRMAWA 2014 “Road Show”.  Dates and locations are to be determined.  We are seeking vacation rental property managers* willing to host a mini conference 2-4 hours at their locations across Washington state.  If you have space you’d be willing to donate for mini conferences please contact our Board President, Michelle Acquavella by replying to this email.
Watch for a schedule to come out shortly listing a town near you!
*We are seeking host companies that can accommodate 10-15 people for a 2-4 hour lunch meeting on a Wednesday or Thursday afternoon.  We also seek complimentary lodging for 2-3 travelling volunteer roadshow presenters (happy to bunk up in one home!) and assistance in arranging lunch catering (paid for by sponsors).   
**We are also seeking sponsors for meals at these meetings.

VRMAWA Spring 2014 Conference Videos Coming Soon!

Over the last two days 33 participants attended the Spring 2014 Conference.  By all accounts, the conference was a big success with many fantastic speakers on marketing and customer service.  A big thank you to our speakers who donated their time and travel expenses to spend time with us!  For those of you who were unable to attend, the conference was recorded and videos will be posted on a private VRMAWA YouTube Channel available by the end of next week to all members who are current in their dues.  Thank you to all of you who have already renewed your memberships.  If you haven’t yet, this is a great time to do so!  Go VRMAWA!    

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