Morning Tech, Politico - D.C. Council, Tech Clash Over Short-Term Rental Measure

“Extreme restrictions on short-term rentals is not only bad local policy, it is bad business policy,” wrote the Internet Association, the Consumer Technology Association, NetChoice and Travel Tech on Monday. “It sends a message that DC is not open for innovative businesses and is not a place for the technology sector to invest in.”

Global Travel Industry News - NYC short-term rental law unconstitutional, NetChoice issues statement

“New York’s fight against their own residents has led them to defy the constitution and violate the rights of New Yorkers,” continued Szabo. “New York’s Southern District Court should protect the rights of NYC homeowners. The city’s anti-home sharing laws are dysfunctional and to enforce them New York is trampling residents’ right to privacy.”

Global Travel Industry News - Thousands Will Be Decimated in the US Capital by Proposed Bill

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“Washington DC already gives millions in tax breaks to big hotels, and Council should not give hotels another handout by curtailing the property rights of District home owners,” said Carl Szabo, General Counsel of NetChoice.

“This legislation has been marred by misinformation and process problems and should not be rammed through in the closing days of this year’s final Council session. This issue deserves a robust public discussion and economic impact analysis,”

The Drive - Major Rental Car Companies Want Car Sharing Services to Be Equally Regulated

“Turo hosts have an economic disadvantage compared to giant rental car companies. NetChoice estimates that rental companies avoid paying $3.2 billion annually in state sales taxes, while Turo estimates that [its] hosts have paid over $450 million in state sales taxes when they purchased their personal vehicles,” Michelle Peacock, VP and Head of Government Relations at Turo told The Drive.

Chicago Business - Your neighbor isn't a business

There are benefits to being a traditional car-rental company that platforms like Turo don’t have. Traditional car-rental companies get all of what they charge for renting a vehicle. On Turo, the bulk of the money goes to the car owner and the platform only gets a small portion of the fee. Traditional car-rental companies get millions in tax subsidies, grants and federal bailouts. Individual car owners don’t. In fact, NetChoice estimates that rental companies avoid paying $3.2 billion annually in state sales taxes, while Turo estimates that its hosts have paid over $455 million in state sales taxes when they purchased their personal vehicles.

Reason Magazine - America's Biggest Rental Car Company Is Lobbying to Drive Away Competitors

“If the city could force Turo owners to pay these exorbitant airport fees, then it could likewise impose the fee on anyone driving into SFO to pick up friends or family,” says Steve DelBianco, president of NetChoice, a trade association of online businesses that advocates for consumer freedom. “That’s ridiculous. But so is the aim of this lawsuit.”

“The relationship between rental car companies and state governments often goes both ways. In nearly every state, cars purchased by such companies are not subject to sales tax. NetChoice estimates that this tax break saves them as much as $3 billion annually. Just in California, where other residents have to pay a 7.25 percent tax on the price of a new car, it saved rental car companies more than $560 million in 2016. Peacock argues that if state governments want a level playing field, they should consider giving all residents access to the same exemption.”

Commercial Observer - Santa Monica Home-Sharing Ordinance Faces E-commerce Pushback

“Santa Monica was too clever by half with this ordinance. They are saying, ‘We aren’t controlling what you can say or list, but we are making it so that, if you take a nickel for anything that is booked, you’re liable, including jail time, if the host misrepresents the license,’ ” Steve DelBianco, the president and CEO of NetChoice, told CO.

“The ordinance is like holding a commercial leasing broker responsible if a restaurant tenant lied about having a business license to the point of the leasing broker spending six months in jail due to the restaurant tenant misrepresenting the tenets of their license.”

Baltimore Business Journal - Maryland Measure Seeks to Regulate Short-Term Rental Hosts Like Airbnb

Carl Szabo, the vice president and general counsel for e-commerce trade association NetChoice, said the playing field between hotels and short-term rental operators is already uneven, in favor of hotels.

“The online platforms we’re talking about don’t get any of the tax incentives or tens of millions of dollars in business development incentives that many of these large platforms get to enjoy,” Szabo said. “So if we want to create true fairness, maybe the large hotels should give back all these incentives and business tax deductions that they receive today and then we’ll be in a more level playing field.”

Innovation and success must remain our economic foundation

If there is one word that could sum up the current political climate, it is frustration. And that frustration takes many forms.

There are, understandably, many Americans who feel frustrated about being left behind in the internet era, and fearful of being swamped by waves of emerging technologies.

But we also have many old-economy companies and bureaucrats who view new-economy businesses as a threat to their decades-long dominance of certain markets. And these legacy companies are doing everything they can to protect their privileged position in established markets.

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BNA Bloomberg - Daimler Backs Car-Sharing Startup Under Pressure From Hertz

While Turo is tiny compared with Uber Technologies Inc. or Airbnb Inc., the resistance it’s seeing from established players is reminiscent of what the larger upstarts faced from taxi and hotel companies, said Steve DelBianco, executive director of NetChoice, a trade group representing online businesses including Turo.

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