- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

BEND, Ore. (AP) - The Bend City Council has adopted rules to regulate the proliferation of homes used for vacation rentals.

The Bend Bulletin reports (https://bit.ly/1Is7bFx) that rental permits have become increasingly popular - 262 granted last year.

Residents are complaining their neighborhoods are suffering from rowdy parties in tourist season, lots of vacant housing in the offseason.

The council agreed Wednesday that rentals will need yearly licenses, which could be revoked if, for example, noise is a problem.

It also tried to keep vacation rentals from clustering: They’ll have to be more than 250 feet from each other.

But that won’t apply to existing rentals. The city’s lawyer said such a restriction would invite lawsuits.

Council members hope that over time, clustering will diminish as properties change hands. The licenses can’t be transferred.

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Information from: The Bulletin, https://www.bendbulletin.com

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