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The short-term rental market has been controversial to say the least—but with proper regulation, short-term rentals can have big economic benefits for cities, according to Rob Stephens, co-founder of Avalara MyLodgeTax. Stephens says that because of these benefits, cities should embrace the short-term rental market, especially in places like San Diego, where there is huge demand for short-term rentals through sites like Airbnb.

“There are significant economic benefits from tourism and short-term rentals. There is the direct benefit of occupancy tax to the city, but more significantly travelers spend significant dollars on restaurants, shops, amusements and more,” Stephens tells “Tourism is a great contributor to the local economy and short-term rentals provide lodging options to help drive demand.”

Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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