CO Short term rental elections 20% tax rates approved, what are the results and what does this mean to you and Colorado ski real estate?
Regardless of party affiliation, this has been a big voting season for Colorado real estate…
In an emergency ordinance, Aspen city council unanimously implemented radical changes to any new construction, remodeling, and expansion of a property. Furthermore, the ordinance halted all new nightly rental permits. Why did the city implement this emergency ordinance? What was actually in the ordinance? How will this impact real estate going forward?
Aspen, like every Colorado mountain town, has seen a huge influx of new visitors and residents because of Covid. The enormous increase of people in town has caused huge strains in mountain towns with affordable rental housing nonexistent, nightly rentals proliferating, and building off the charts.
City officials argued that the impacts of speculative real estate activity is putting negative pressures on the local workforce, available housing, traffic, the environment and the quality of life that is emulated in the Aspen Area Community Plan, which is a guiding document that is used to make policy decisions.
“The fabric of my community is not for sale,” said Councilman Ward Hauenstein. (Aspen Times)
Even though the moratoriums are limited in duration (6 months construction and 9 months nightly rentals) there likely will be some big changes when the moratoriums are lifted.
I would be extremely surprised if all three of the above were not implemented. There could be some new twists as well. For example council might limit the existing permits as well; they could specify that they want the number of nightly rentals reduced by some number (for example 20%) and do some sort of a lottery to allocate the licenses. With the sudden moratoriums I wouldn’t take anything off the table.
Remembe,r only full-time residents get to vote. I have been saying for years that full time residents in many mountain towns feel like they are getting the short end of the stick with tourism radically altering the character of the “small town” feel. Voters are installing council leaders with similar values which is leading to the ordinances above.
This is not unique to Aspen as every Colorado mountain town is working to address the balance of tourism/growth with resident’s needs. This trend is just in its infancy and look for even more changes coming in the next several years that could radically alter what is allowed to be built and/or rented.
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