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Insights & Policy Advice on Short-term Rentals Across Europe for HOTREC
Research & Intelligence
Policy advice
trend analysis
communications plan
stakeholder consultations
keynote presentations 
Our long-lasting partnership with HOTREC - the umbrella association for Europe’s hospitality sector - has produced insights that have helped to guide policy makers and destination authorities across Europe on creating a level playing field for competition in the tourism and hospitality sector, spreading awareness about the need for fairer regulation of Short-Term Rental (STR) services.
The Challenge

TOPOSOPHY has developed a long-lasting partnership with HOTREC that has included research and consultation on the adverse effects of STR services for local communities and neighbourhoods. Since 2015, TOPOSOPHY has produced a wide range of resources both for internal use among HOTREC’s Member associations as well as policy advocacy and partnership-building at EU level.

Objective 01

Provide HOTREC Members with up-to-date insights over a variety of market trends and policy initiatives that are shape the regulatory landscape for STR services.

Objective 02

Identify and explore a series of issues that fuel unfair competition, expose local communities to various challenges and threaten the liveability of cities and districts.

Objective 03

Source insights and benchmarks that can help guide a balanced policy response from local governments to these issues.

Objective 04

Shed light on how destination authorities can move forward from a fragmented regulatory landscape to future-proof the wellbeing of destinations and local communities through a consistent framework of regulations and responsibilities.


For eight years we have been committed to empowering HOTREC and 47 member associations from 36 European countries in their own efforts to help authorities across Europe assess and deal with the impact of STR services on the quality of life and cost of living for local communities.

This has involved understanding the key drivers behind the rise of the collaborative economy, closely monitoring supply and demand-related trends in the STR market, and engaging with policymakers through evidence-based recommendations for the development and enforcement of STR regulations.

As a result, a long list of projects, modules and outputs have contributed to creating new knowledge about a dynamic phenomenon and spreading the word about the need for updated regulation. In particular, we have focused on sharing lessons on what approaches to regulation have and haven’t worked across a diverse range of destinations in Europe and North America.

Key element 01

Development of the ‘Policy Paper On The “Sharing” Economy: Levelling the Playing Field’ in 2015.

Key element 02

Development of action plans for HOTREC and member associations about communicating issues for STR services to EU and country-based audiences in 2016 and 2018.

Key element 03

Delivery of 25+ reports on a quarterly basis and 15+ webinars to members across Europe including updates on collaborative economy trends and STR regulations since 2016.

Key element 04

Development of a HOTREC Position Paper on EU-wide Regulation of Short-term Rentals in 2022 - Available to download at the end of the page.


After meticulous effort and collaboration, we are proud to present the successful outcomes of our project:


A comprehensive position paper to the STR sector in 2022, ahead of the EU regulatory initiative on STR services. Download the paper at the end of the page.


World’s first policy paper on STR regulations in 2015, including ‘The 10 steps of the HOTREC Charter towards a sustainable and responsible “sharing” economy in tourism accommodation’.


Eight-year partnership and counting, to provide trusted, impartial policy advice.

Want to know more?
Download your copy here:
HOTREC Position Paper On EU-wide Regulation of Short-Term Rentals
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