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Short-term rentals: A conversation about the pros and cons

Vermont has seen an increase in the number of short-term rentals in recent years, reaching close to 12,000 homes statewide in September 2023, according to the Vermont Housing Finance Agency.

As Carly Berlin, Vermont Public and VTDigger's housing and infrastructure reporter, reported recently, more and more towns are grappling with short-term rentals’ impact on the availability of year-round housing – and debating approaches for how to track and regulate them.

Chester Town Planner Preston Bristow, Killington Town Planner Lisa Davis Lewis, and Carly Berlin joined Vermont Edition to discuss short-term rentals.

Broadcast at noon Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023; rebroadcast at 7 p.m. 

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Mikaela Lefrak is the host and senior producer of Vermont Edition. Her stories have aired nationally on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Marketplace, The World and Here & Now. A seasoned local reporter, Mikaela has won two regional Edward R. Murrow awards and a Public Media Journalists Association award for her work.
Carly covers housing and infrastructure for Vermont Public and VTDigger and is a corps member with the national journalism nonprofit Report for America.
Tedra worked on Vermont Edition as a producer and editor from 2022 to 2024.