New short-term rental regulations in Hood River

The Hood River City Council voted 4-2 to change the rules for short-term rentals

The city council in Hood River has voted 4-2 to enact new short-term rental regulations. September 20, 2016, (KOIN)
The city council in Hood River has voted 4-2 to enact new short-term rental regulations. September 20, 2016, (KOIN)

HOOD RIVER, Ore. (KOIN) — The number of short-term rentals is on the rise in Hood River, but city leaders say it affects the affordable housing market.

So, new regulations have been put in place to fix the issue.

Whether it’s the beautiful scenery, the outdoor recreation or the world famous breweries, it seems Hood River has something for everyone. But with that come challenges.

“The balance between housing for visitors and housing for workers is kind of getting out of whack,” said Hood River Mayor Paul Blackburn.

That’s why the Hood River City Council voted 4-2 to change the rules for short-term rentals, rentals that have become popular from sites like Airbnb and VRBO.

“One of the impacts is first on the neighbors where every weekend you have new cars parked on the curb. Another impact is the cost of the rental. If it is more profitable to do a week at a time, then it’s not going to be available to the workers,” said Blackburn.

That’s an issue for full-time student and resident Donald Hamilton

“I will speak on behalf of people who are students and working and trying to provide for their families. It’s difficult,” Hamilton said.

Here are the new rules to short-term rentals:

Residents can only rent out of their permanent residence. This is limited to a certain number of days.

Investors who have a second home and are using short-term rentals are grandfathered in for seven years.

After that, they will no longer be able to do so unless they are renting out of their own home.

“Now that we have this behind us, we are moving on to building affordable apartments. We are moving on to upzoning some areas of unbuilt town so we can increase the density,” said Blackburn.

The new short-term regulations will go into effect later this month.

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