Short-term rental owners oppose fees, regulation during meeting |

Short-term rental owners oppose fees, regulation during meeting

Discussions during a meeting on short-term rentals Monday evening focused on the legitimacy of regulations regarding the rentals and their fees, which were described by some in attendance as unfair.

The views of those who attended the meeting, held at the Fraser Library, were decidedly in favor of short-term rentals but opposed to any further regulation or any increases in governmental fees associated with their operation.

The small group of attendees also expressed a sense of “persecution” they felt from community members who oppose short-term rentals or who believe they should be regulated more strictly.

Grand County Commissioner Rich Cimino put together the discussion group, an informal and unofficial gathering meant to be the first in a series of similar meetings that Cimino said he hopes to conduct over the coming months.

The meeting was not held under the official purview of any governmental entity and was meant to serve as a forum for community conversations about the topic. A total of seven citizens, other than Cimino and members of the media, attended the meeting. All but one member of the discussion was either an owner of a short-term rental property or a property manager who oversees short-term rental properties for others.

Cimino covered a series of discussions held by the Colorado State Legislature related to short-term rentals including issues related to property tax rates and the Gallagher Amendment.

No date has been set regarding future discussion forums.

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