Letter: First-hand account of a short-term rental next door
We didn’t realize there was a problem with short-term rentals in Grand County. At least not until one appeared overnight in the three-bedroom, single-family house next door. Suddenly, instead of a typical family unit, our new Airbnb neighbor allows up to 13 customers on a daily basis.
Bill Hamilton’s July 11 Sky-Hi News column makes the point: “Some homeowners feel they have been subjected to involuntary rezoning from residential to commercial.” It’s one thing when a homeowner rents a room in their residence to overnight customers and an entirely different issue when a whole house in a residential neighborhood is rented out by an absentee owner or entity. We’d almost rather have a conventional bed and breakfast next door because then, at least, there would be an on-site proprietor who would regulate things like smoking outside during a fire ban, setting out garbage in plastic trash bags, complying with quiet hour rules, etc. However, it’s doubtful a property owner would choose to live in a three-bedroom domicile with 10-plus other people.
These folks are cashing in on the tranquil, desirable neighborhoods that we have created without the tangible and intangible costs that are now ours to bear. We will be working with our HOA board to fix this in our neighborhood. Additionally, we agree with those who would like to see this issue put to a vote by our local residents.
Ann Steers and Bob Saint, Granby
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