Links and Articles
We will share information and links to resources to help with continuing education about the Vacation Home/Short-Term Rental Industry.
What Can We Do About COVID-19?
Our world has changed from the effects of a highly-contagious virus. Who could have predicted that our businesses, schools, and services would be closed? And we can't predict what the short-term and long-term effects will be as businesses open. It won't likely be "business as usual."
Here are some links to tips, articles, guidelines, and products that may help you prepare for opening, deal with the new challenges and opportunities, respond to recommendations and mandates, and help you, your team, and your guests stay healthy. We want to avoid future waves of virus-inspired crisis situations.
Study the best practices from leaders in cleaning and disinfection. Use proper chemicals and dilution ratios. Give products time to work. Use procedures and products that will best help you protect yourself, your team, and your guests.
Each Button has a link to an article, graphic, video, or site with more resources.
( and here's a bit of humor amid the facts)
COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfecting TIPS
As our businesses open, we need to use caution through our actions and use of best practices to ensure the safety of our STR teams and guests.
Here are some links and tools that may help. You need to choose the procedures and products most appropriate for your location, property, team, and market (along with regulations and government mandates).
Some of the resources are the extreme measures we use in high-risk health care settings, but it's good to compare practices to know what to apply to your situation.
Along with procedures, the products we use can make a positive difference.
Some people are advocating for severe time buffers, but infection control professionals see the error in this thinking.
Use appropriate protection and cleaning tools for your STR.
Example Posters and Info About Infection Control
Here are some graphics and training resources that you may want to study. Some are free to use as is; others may require permission from the source.
The City of Las Vegas, Nevada
The City of Las Vegas, Nevada officials searched for trustworthy education about the Vacation Home/Short-Term Rental industry and found a lot of dangerously bad information in webinars and blogs---but no courses about laws and best practices.
Council Members asked Julie Davies if she would write a course, and she did. Most of their permit applicants have been required or strongly encouraged to take the STR Certification Course because they've noticed a positive difference in course graduates.
Mayor Carolyn Goodman said: “Often the most complicated of issues unravel unless a new course is achieved through education and open communication. Once everyone is educated on an issue and is willing to discuss it rationally, a compromise can be found.”
The City is working on refining their regulations. Here is a link to their information:
Social Media and Websites
Here are some social media links and websites that have caught our attention:
On Facebook (click to access the link to the page):
For Articles and Links to Industry News:
(Note: the information shared on this page may be from sources outside of this site. We may or may not agree with everything within their sites and articles. This isn't an endorsement and we receive no payments for listing the links. This is about sharing information).
The Distinguished Guest
Solution Inc. blog about technology (see the article regarding the VRMA conference)
NoiseAware blog The Big 5 Don'ts for Short Term Rentals
We appreciate associations have officers and members who have graduated from the STR Certification Course!
Nevada Vacation Rental Professionals (NVRP)
this is the Nevada Affiliate of the Vacation Rental Management Association (VRMA)
see Nevadavrp.com or contact Paula at
Vegas Vacation Rental Association (VVRA)
see VVRA.pro or call Annette at 714-396-2912
National Association of Residental Property Managers (NARPM), Southern Nevada Chapter
Vacation Rental Management Association (VRMA)
Ordinance Drafts for Municipalities to Review
We are often asked if there are example STR ordinances that create the best code compliance and less disruption to a community. It's difficult to cite specific ordinances because each community is different, along with the existing laws the municipality must consider and work within. But our research has shown that certain ordinance components provide a better chance of success than others. The following links were shared with some STR advocates for feedback and here is the draft list that we share:
The main formula for STR Governance Success includes:
reasonable regulations with components that are appropriate for the unique area
a clear and expeditious path to licensing (with reasonable fees long with ample zoning and available permits to fill STR demand with legal STR reservations)
quality STR education (the STR Certification Course gives hosts answers and tips that can save the City staff time and help hosts be code-compliant and successful)
clear definitions for types of businesses allowed and length of stays defined as STR. Regulations should be consistent with other applicable code.
Consistent and sure code enforcement (it can't just be a "barking dog;" the ordinance needs to have "sharp teeth." We are working on sample enforcement code components, too)