Neighborhoods in Colorado Springs will get no vacation from homes being used as short-term rental properties under new rules being proposed by city planning officials.
Since 2008, a few neighborhoods have complained about the growing trend of vacation home rentals. We’ve seen it for years in ski resort towns.
At the time, about 60 houses in the city were known vacation home rentals. Today, that number is 90 and growing.
The took up the cause after chonic problems developed with vacation home rentals: neighbors upset having strangers around, coming and going late at night; loud and late parties; guests abusing wildlife; even a house in Cedar Heights being turned into an events center.
But three years of study — including two task forces to look into the problem — has not changed the city planners’ opinion that sufficient codes exist to regulate the short-term rentals.
But the city was not swayed and, on Friday, distributed this draft of its proposed short-term rental regulations.
Essentially, the regulations make no changes to existing codes.