Dealing with ski-town ‘Man Camps’ |

Dealing with ski-town ‘Man Camps’

Gail Marshall

My sympathies to Ray Gunner and other folks who live near a “Man Camp.” Multiple occupants in a single dwelling are an old problem in the High Country. As long as there are construction projects and great skiing, that will continue. There is, however, a county ordinance in the Summit County Development Code, Chapter 15: Definitions under Family – “One or more persons related by blood, marriage or adoption, living and cooking together as a single housekeeping unit, exclusive of household servants. Persons not related by blood, marriage, adoption shall be deemed to constitute a family where they are living and cooking together as a single housekeeping unit, and the number of people does not exceed one (1) person for each 300 square feet contained in the dwelling unit.”

With the above said, it is also the responsibility of the landlord and the HOA to monitor these situations. You as an owner have the right to contact the HOA and point out the situation. Become actively involved with the management of your building. Use the above ordinance to state your case. Find out what are the covenants and make adjustments if necessary to deal with this type of situation.

“Man Camps” not only affect your living conditions but the value of the entire property. Just the wear and tear of the building should be enough for the other homeowners to become concerned. Landlords are thinking short term and not considering the consequences of these types of rentals. The property value in the entire neighborhood decreases, which hurts the property as an investment. I have empathy for all the parties concerned.

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