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Short-term Rentals Against City Code

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ASHLAND, Ore. — Last year Ashland resident Tom Dubois used the internet and the downstairs part of his home to make some extra money.

“Before we knew that it wasn’t allowed, we rented  out to people for short term visits, over nights,  maybe one or two nights at a time, mostly to  couples in their 50′s or 60′s,” said resident Tom Dubois.

After only a few months, Dubois learned that short-term rentals out of homes are not allowed in Ashland, unless the visitors stays for thirty or more days. Now, he’s hoping short-term rentals will be treated like other businesses run out of a home.

“I could be a massage therapist and run a business here, I could rent a room for thirty days and call that a business here,” said Dubois.

Last fall the city hired a code compliance specialist, and since then, he has talked to more than 100 property owners about their short-term rental.

“When the rules are explained, people want to comply. That’s what I’m finding, the majority want to comply,” said Ashland Code Compliance Specialist Kevin Flynn

Flynn said the code can vary depending on what zone a person is in. He said he’s been able to get some the proper permits and licenses, but for those in residential areas, the code won’t allow it.

“He’s in a residential area, he’s in an R-1 zone. In the R-1 zones, there just isn’t any way to get permitted to get licensed currently to rent these homes out of their house,” said Flynn.

Dubois says he is patient and hopes the city will consider giving him and others a chance.

“We’re even hopeful they will do a trial just to see what the effects could be. Just a one year trial so that we can actually gauge the effect as opposed to the speculating,” said Dubois.