- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) - Coeur d’Alene officials are looking to regulate vacation rentals within city limits.

The city sent out a survey Friday to gather input from stakeholders in the growing industry, The Coeur d’Alene Press reported (https://bit.ly/1QgbNUz). Currently, there are 230 vacation rentals in the city, all of which violate city zoning codes that are infrequently enforced, city officials said.

Vacation rentals by owners have increased in the city with the help of websites such as Airbnb, which help property owners advertise their furnished homes, apartments or other dwellings.

The planning commission has heard from city council members and others who want to look into making vacation rentals legal and adding enforceable standards.

City officials said several departments have received complaints about rowdy visitors in vacation rentals.

“We hear complaints from neighbors oftentimes how vacation rentals might be negatively impacting their neighborhood or their own personal experience if it’s next to them,” said Hilary Anderson, community planning director for the city of Coeur d’Alene. “Sometimes they’re just not respectful.”

Some property managers said they would be fine with more clear guidelines.

“I’d rather have codes than a rule of thumb to follow,” said Terry Nash of Vacasa, a full-service property management company that manages 60 vacation rentals in the area. “These are homes, we do stress that.”

A meeting to gather more information and hear from the public is scheduled for April.

“We want to make sure we hear from all the stakeholders,” Anderson said. “We want to make sure we hear from our local vacation rental owners as well as people who live in the neighborhoods that might be near vacation rentals. We want to hear from the bed and breakfasts, the hotels, the (Coeur d’Alene) chamber and others in the tourism industry just to find out how it impacts them.

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Information from: Coeur d’Alene Press, https://www.cdapress.com


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