Short-term ‘vacation’ rentals OK’d |

Short-term ‘vacation’ rentals OK’d

Nelson Harvey
Post Independent Contributor
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The Glenwood Springs City Council on Thursday unanimously approved an ordinance that allows city residents to rent out their homes on a short-term basis to tourists and vacationing guests.

The ordinance defines “short-term” as a period of less than 30 days, and establishes a short-term rental permit that interested homeowners must obtain before renting their units.

“Short term rental of dwelling units brings additional visitors to the City, can allow owners to recoup housing costs, and provides revenues for the City through the additional tax collections,” the ordinance reads.

“This provides an avenue for a property owner to keep his property, and not have it foreclosed upon,” said councilman Mike Gamba at Thursday’s meeting.

The ordinance does not allow the rental of so-called “accessory dwelling units,” or ADUs, defined as small, self-contained outbuildings adjacent to primary dwellings. Members of the council said ADUs were originally meant to provide affordable housing options to permanent residents, and should not be used as vacation rentals.

“I think we should try this with primary units before allowing ADUs,” said Mayor Matt Steckler.

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