22 episodes

‘How To Save Your Vacation Rental Business’ is a 10-part educational podcast series hosted by vacation rental advocate Dana Lubner that will teach vacation rental managers how to solve their business’ greatest looming threat -- unfair regulation -- from the ground up.

How to Save Your Vacation Rental Business Dana Lubner

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 17 Ratings

‘How To Save Your Vacation Rental Business’ is a 10-part educational podcast series hosted by vacation rental advocate Dana Lubner that will teach vacation rental managers how to solve their business’ greatest looming threat -- unfair regulation -- from the ground up.

    Is Professional Our Solution?

    Is Professional Our Solution?

    In this episode we unpack Dana's final takeaway of the season, that professional operators have a huge chance to differentiate themselves from the casual Airbnbers that often come to the table with us.  And that strict and complicated laws may end up stifling the path to professionalism.  
    Ryan Dame of Casago joins to give us the perspective of a large manager dealing with regulatory issues across the country.
    This season is brought to you by Track Hospitality Software and NoiseAware.
    Track Hospitality Software powered by TravelNet Solutions transforms your vacation rental company so you can transform the way vacation rental advocacy plays out in your region.  
    NoiseAware users are able to stop issues before they spiral out of control, without having to be there in person or compromising guest privacy.
    VRMB Communities
    Rent Responsibly
    VRMA Advocacy 
    Contact Dana
     
    Featured Guests:
    Ryan Dame - Casago
     

    • 49 min
    Meet the Academic of Fair Regulation

    Meet the Academic of Fair Regulation

    In this episode we talk with Davide Proserpio, an Assistant Professor of Marketing at University of Southern California Marshall School of Business.  David studies problems related to digital markets and has spent years analyzing the sharing economy.  
    It all started with a research paper showing a positive correlation between Airbnb and housing rent and prices: a paper that was used by plenty of anti-STR groups. But the data does not stop there...
    Davide followed-up with a recent Harvard Business Review article, which found that restricting STRs in a neighborhood can reduce residential development.  We wanted to get him on the show to explain the article, and dig into how academics and community groups can be a resource for data that cities accept as unbiased.  
    Data maybe our most powerful tool for a reasonable approach to regulation and people like Davide represent a powerful, unbiased and accessible way of getting and communicating that data.
    This season is brought to you by Track Hospitality Software and NoiseAware.
    Track Hospitality Software powered by TravelNet Solutions transforms your vacation rental company so you can transform the way vacation rental advocacy plays out in your region.  
    NoiseAware users are able to stop issues before they spiral out of control, without having to be there in person or compromising guest privacy.
    Thank you to Airdna for helping us grow our audience.
    VRMB Communities
    Harvard Business Review: Restricting Airbnb Rentals Reduces Development
    Davide's Email: davide.proserpio@marshall.usc.edu
    Davide's Twitter: @dade_us
    Featured Guests:
    Davide Proserpio, Assistant Professor of Marketing at USC
     

    • 38 min
    Taxes and the Path to Legitimacy

    Taxes and the Path to Legitimacy

    In this episode Pam Knudsen, Senior Director of Compliance Services at Avalara, gives us perspective on advocacy efforts across the country through the lens of lodging tax data.  
    We've been hearing a lot this season about outright bans and a curious reluctance by cities to take the economic impact of vacation rentals into account when creating regulation.  
    Pam shares a more nuanced, hopeful outlook as well as best practices for combining your economic contributions with good neighbor habits and turning them into real political leverage.
    This season is brought to you by Track Hospitality Software and NoiseAware.
    Track Hospitality Software powered by TravelNet Solutions transforms your vacation rental company so you can transform the way vacation rental advocacy plays out in your region.  
    NoiseAware users are able to stop issues before they spiral out of control, without having to be there in person or compromising guest privacy.
    VRMB Communities
    Airbnb and VRBO Start Sharing Information on Party Houses
     
    Featured Guests:
    Pam Knudsen of Avalara
    Fiona Quinn of AvantStay
    Jim Prugh of Lindsborg Vacation Rentals
     

    • 38 min
    The Curious Politics of Statewide Preemption

    The Curious Politics of Statewide Preemption

    In this episode we take a deeper look at statewide preemption with Tiffany Edwards of the VRMA Advocacy Fund and Right to Rent.  We're very much about local community interaction on this podcast and nothing in this episode changes that, but sometimes going to a higher power might be the only tool left to save your business.
    Tiffany helps us understand the nuance of these issues, where they've worked, and how local engagement is required no matter what.  Sean Walsh and Jarrett Skorup join for context and Tiffany also gets into her data gathering and fundraising efforts on behalf of the industry.
    This season is brought to you by Track Hospitality Software and NoiseAware.
    Track Hospitality Software powered by TravelNet Solutions transforms your vacation rental company so you can transform the way vacation rental advocacy plays out in your region.  
    NoiseAware users are able to stop issues before they spiral out of control, without having to be there in person or compromising guest privacy.
    VRMB Communities
     
    Featured Guests:
    Tiffany Edwards of the VRMA Advocacy Fund
    Eric Bay of The Alliance for Neighborhood Prosperity
    Sean Walsh of Sean Walsh Consulting
    Jarrett Skorup of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy
     

    • 53 min
    Tip of the Spear

    Tip of the Spear

    In this episode we dive into a case study on Santa Barbara and Theo Kracke, the man who sued his hometown and won.  We dedicate a lot of time on this podcast to finding compromise and working with local government, but in the face of outright bans it doesn't always work.  Theo's solution took a great deal of time, energy and resources, but his victory has ripple effects for vacation rental regulation across California and the country.
    This kind of effort requires someone to spearhead it, and as you listen you must ask yourself, are you capable of being the tip of the spear in your destination?  If not, find ways to support the folks that can be...as they need all the help they can get!  You can find ideas and resources at STRSantaBarbara.org.
    Portions of Theo's interview were aired in episode 122 of Matt Landau's Unlocked Podcast.
    This season is brought to you by Track Hospitality Software and NoiseAware.
    Track Hospitality Software powered by TravelNet Solutions transforms your vacation rental company so you can transform the way vacation rental advocacy plays out in your region.  
    NoiseAware users are able to stop issues before they spiral out of control, without having to be there in person or compromising guest privacy.
    VRMB Communities
     
    Featured Guests:
    Theo Kracke of Paradise Retreats
    Tiffany Edwards of the VRMA Advocacy Fund
    Pam Knudsen of Avalara

    • 46 min
    Marijuana, Electric Scooters, and Sacred Local Control

    Marijuana, Electric Scooters, and Sacred Local Control

    In this episode we dive into a Denver case study with Erica Rogers, an assistant City Attorney for the city of Denver, who is able to share some powerful parallels with other emerging industries such as marijuana and electric scooters. 
    We discuss what regulation and enforcement look like from the government's perspective, and Dana provides context from the host side as she was on the front lines of countering some of the more draconian regulatory proposals there in addition to hosting a Good Neighbor Summit and developing new licensing classifications.  
    This season is brought to you by Track Hospitality Software and NoiseAware.
    Track Hospitality Software powered by TravelNet Solutions transforms your vacation rental company so you can transform the way vacation rental advocacy plays out in your region.  
    NoiseAware users are able to stop issues before they spiral out of control, without having to be there in person or compromising guest privacy.
    VRMB Communities
     
    Featured Guests:
    Erica Rogers: Assistant City Attorney for Denver

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

wilslickers ,

Add It, Love It, Live It!

I love this show, this host, and this team! You can’t make it more clear on what this shows goals and values are and that’s fair and safe regulation with a TON of education! I listen to every episode and you should too!

Michael PBR ,

Critical Topic for STR Operaters

Thanks for leading the charge on this critical industry topic. Sometimes I think “it couldn’t happen to us” given 80% of the county revenue is from the vacation rentals bed tax, but that’s just a flawed belief system.
MJ - Paradisebeachrentals.com

TaylorERG ,

Practical tips & advice

Bad regulations are the biggest threat to the vacation rental/short term rental community. Whether you’re in the business or simply enjoy staying at one, its everyone’s responsibility to join the conversation. Thank you Dana & Matt for doing this podcast.

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