Myths & Facts

Myths about vacation rentals are spreading quickly. Use the resources below to help correct the record and educate your friends and neighbors on the facts of vacation rentals.

MYTH


Vacation rentals create unaffordable housing problems.

FACT


Vacation rentals typically make up less than one percent of a city’s housing stock. Wages and real estate market conditions have much larger impacts on housing affordability.

MYTH


Vacation rentals threaten the character of a community and decrease property values.

FACT


Vacation rentals spread tourism dollars to communities and local businesses outside of the traditional hotel district. Vacation rentals can actually raise property values because many owners make improvements and upgrades to their homes so they're more attractive to renters.

MYTH


Vacation rentals are party houses used only by fraternity groups and bachelorette parties. They create nuisance problems for neighbors, due to noise, parking, and trash.

FACT


The average Vrbo traveler is a 50-year-old woman traveling with a family of four. They want quiet just as much as the home’s neighbors do. Vrbo owners also want to rent to responsible guests to mitigate property damage and avoid complaints.

MYTH


Vacation rental owners are out of state investors or corporate enterprises who aren’t residents of the community.

FACT


Many rental owners are “mom-and-pop” style operations (unlike corporate hotel brands). The vast majority of owners are not getting rich off their rental property. They are locals, who depend on the extra income to make ends meet, and who care just as much about their communities as their neighbors do.

MYTH


Vacation rental owners don’t pay taxes—an unfair advantage over hotels.

FACT


Vacation rentals are subject to lodging and occupancy taxes, which provide millions in tax revenue to cities and states each year.

MYTH


Vacation rentals aren’t as safe as hotels.

FACT


The reality is, crime can happen anywhere, and that includes hotels. Most vacation rental owners take proactive steps to keep their guests safe, like installing key code door locks. The Vrbo platform also offers transparent reviews, verifies travelers’ identities, and allows guests and owners to communicate prior to arrival.