Friday, November 7, 2014

VRs Prepare to Fight New Regulations in Lincoln City, Oregon

After 3 years of debate over the role of vacation rentals in the small coastal town of Lincoln City, Oregon, a mayor who leaves office in 7 weeks is expected to push through a series of 3 new ordinances that re-interpret older laws and impose severe restrictions on the area's short term rentals.

Under the leadership of the Oregon Association of Vacation Rentals and the Lincoln City Vacation Home Association, near unanimous opposition to the new laws has been repeatedly stated by businesses, local citizens, and short term rental owners, at public meetings over those 3 years, but city officials are still pushing ahead with the new laws.

The Oregon city was described as the poster child for bad VR regulation at a national conference a few years ago.

At the November 3rd election, a new "pro-VR" mayor was elected, and some city council members who appear to be open minded about short-term rentals were also elected, but the current administration does not intend to wait 7 weeks for the new officials to take office.

The city's lawyer has threatened to start fining vacation rentals if they oppose the law, even those the VRs are were issued a permit to operate by the city.  How can a city authorized people to do something, then fine them for doing it?

VR owners and VR related businesses are well on their way to meeting a goal of $100,000 in their legal fund to fight the laws after they are passed.

Watch this space for updates.

Doug Coates

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