Short Term Rentals
Short Term Rentals (STRs) - ex: AirBnB, VRBO, etc. - can affect GNAR communities in a multitude of ways. While a potential additional source of income for local homeowners, STRs can also lead to housing shortages, affordability issues, and shrinking community populations. Good local ordinances can help mitigate some of the worst impacts of STRs by helping preserve a community's character and keeping economic options available to community members. Below, we have gathered some guides and examples of local STR ordiances. Know of something we should add? Please send any feedback to liz.sodja@usu.edu .


Resources & Tool

STR Policy & Best Practices Guide
CDO Guide
The Utah Community Development Office (CDO) has created a guide intended to help communities understand and make informed decisions about regulating short-term rentals (STRs). From writing a STR ordinance to incentivizing compliance, this guide serves as a tool for your community as you formulate your own ordinance. This guide also includes ordinance examples from Utah communities in the hopes that you may reach out to these neighboring jurisdictions for guidance in your STR process.

Park City, UT: Short-term Rental Website

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Park City's nightly rental website is a good example of a concise and simple website conveying local laws and needs to STR homeowners. Everything is in one place, including a complaint form for locals who are concerned about an STR in their community.

WEBINAR: Short-Term Rental Trends & How to Craft an Ordinance to Handle Them
Short-Term Rental Webinar
In partnership with Granicus, this session discussed the most recent data and trends for short-term rentals in the Intermountain West and shared strategies to help communities minimize negative impacts and improve compliance via their ordinances. Click here to see the slides from the session as well.

Mono County, CA: Short-Term/Transient Rental Rules
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As part of the Mono County, CA General Plan, Transient Rental Overlay Districts were designated to provide oversight and curb the proliferations of unauthorized STRs. Chapter 25  provides STR definitions and the process of permitting, including giving notice to surrounding property owners. Chapter 26 outlines new STR standards and enforcement mechanisms.

South Lake Tahoe: Measure T
Measure TMeasure T was a hotly contested citizen-initiated ballot measure that amended City regulations on vacation home rentals (VHRs) in South Lake Tahoe. Measure T requires the phase-out of all VHR permits in residential areas and all multi-family properties over a three-year period, with full implementation of these provisions to occur by December 31, 2021.

Tahoe Home Connection: STR Alternative
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Tahoe Home Connection (TaHoCo) is a community-based program in the South Shore of Lake Tahoe that works with second homeowners to rent their properties on a seasonal or longer-term basis to professionals and service industry employees working on the South Shore.

Host Compliance: Learning Center

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Host Compliance is a service offered by Granicus. While Host Compliance itself is a paid STR management system, they have a number of free online resources and webinars about STR best practices from communities they work with. On their learning center page, select "Host Compliance" from the "All Solutions Areas" dropdown to filter to get their STR specific resources.

CAST: Vacation Home Rentals Best Practices
castDespite being a few years old, the findings, trends, and best practices outlined in this 2015 report from the Colorado Association of Ski Towns (CAST) are still relevant and valuable. Click below to download the full report.

Inside AirBnB
Inside Airbnb
Inside AirBnB provides resources for cities seeking to regulate short-term rentals. Resources include case studies and sample ordinances from cities throughout the United States.

Sandpoint, ID: Non-local Owner STR Limits
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In June of 2018, The Sandpoint City Council revised their STR ordinances.  A valid permit must be in place to operate a short term rental within the City of Sandpoint.  To review the code click here. Within the residential zones, there may be no more than one STR per parcel. Additionally, there are two categories of vacation rentals within residential zones which have different standards: Owner Occupied and Non-owner Occupied. Learn more below.

 

Research & Case Studies

REPORT - Impacts of STRs on Traditional Hotels - DOWNLOAD HERE

This report is focused on STR impacts on hotels, but also has some interesting growth rates and percentages about the changing STR trends across the country.