It has been a long process for Englewood City Council and city staff, but two ordinances that pave the way for short-term rental legality in Englewood have been passed. Englewood City Council voted …
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It has been a long process for Englewood City Council and city staff, but two ordinances that pave the way for short-term rental legality in Englewood have been passed.
Englewood City Council voted 5-2 in favor of an ordinance that will regulate short-term rentals, with Councilmembers Rita Russell and Dave Cuesta voting against the measure at a Feb. 18 council meeting. The other ordinance council passed was related to land use for the service that allows homeowners to rent out their home or a room in their home for 29 days or less at a stretch. That ordinance passed 5-2, again with Russell and Cuesta voting against it.
“I think (short-term rentals) give every citizen of Englewood options of what they can do with the property they own. I think that is good for our citizens as a whole, especially with the housing prices the way they are,” said Englewood City Councilmember Joe Anderson. The median sale price for single-family homes in Englewood in 2019 was $428,250, according to the Denver Metro Association of Realtors.
“It gives (residents) the option to generate some additional revenue off of the property they invested in,” he added.
With the passing of the land-use ordinance, Englewood short-term rental operators can operate their service in single unit residential; low, mid density single and multi-dwelling residential; mixed use low, medium density residential, limited office; and mixed use medical, office, high density residential limited retail zones. Short-term rentals will be allowed in those zone districts starting April 1.
“It will be allowing commercial businesses in every single zone of the city. I do not think that's wise,” said Russell. She said she believes short-term rentals in Englewood are going to bring unintended consequences.
Englewood will regulate short-term rentals by requiring residents who host the service to apply for an operating permit via application. Along with the application, short-term rental operators will have to pay a fee and have their property inspected. Operators also must supply a scale floor plan of their property and a plan showing parking areas for the property. An Englewood Sales and Use Tax License and an Englewood Lodging License will also be needed for residents who want to operate a short-term rental service.
Under the regulation ordinance, short-term rental operators will only be allowed to offer rentals at their primary residence. Additionally, short-term rentals will have to comply with safety, noise and property maintenance provisions. One parking space for each rented bedroom must be planned out for short-term rental services.
To enforce the regulations, an enforcement officer will have the right to access short-term rental properties if there is a reasonable suspicion of any violation. The enforcement officer will issue notices and orders, summons and complaints for prosecution to Englewood Municipal Court.
Englewood City Council tabled another short-term rental ordinance last October due to language that would've allowed accessory dwelling units (ADUs) to be used as short-term rentals. This time around, ADUs were not part of the regulation ordinance.
Englewood Mayor Linda Olson had previously spoken out last October against ADUs being used as short-term rentals. But as of February, she has changed her mind.
“I'm disappointed that we don't have ADUs in (the regulation ordinance) after rethinking that for myself, but hopefully in the future we'll be able to figure that out if it is something that wants to come back forward,” said Olson.
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