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The true problem

Joyce Cooper, Breckenridge

The point not made at the Breckenridge hearings on short-term leases is that the leasing companies and real estate agents have had a tremendous impact and influence in creating the problems occurring in single family rentals. To be specific: We also live in Sunbeam Estates, the same neighborhood that Leon Fetzer lives in. Sunbeam Estates is a single-family residential neighborhood: so defined at inception to be a low density single-family neighborhood. If a home is placed in a short rental pool, then rentals are supposed to be limited to single family usage.

However, the leasing company responsible for the quoted problems is actively leasing this home to large, unrelated groups, developing “events,” including weddings, receptions, and who knows what else. This leasing company is very much responsible for creating the problems our neighborhood is experiencing.

However, at the meeting, we continually heard how responsible the leasing companies are and if everyone were required to have a leasing agency, then our problems would not occur. Not so. The day after the meeting, a friend of mine was visiting and was looking at housing. The real estate agent was making the selling point about how much money could be made off the house for short-term leasing. It was a large house and the agent was explaining how many people the house could sleep, etc. This may be true. However, most people who buy nice houses are primarily interested in the quality of life they are buying into, and while leasing your home to a “group” may help pay the mortgage, it doesn’t create the conditions to maintain a high quality of life for the neighborhood.

Single-family neighborhoods should be protected as just that. There are plenty of lodges, condominiums, chalet houses, etc. that cater to and have the facilities for large-group functions. If the leasing agencies want to maintain respect, then they should respect the nature of the properties they are leasing.

The leasing agency, working with the homeowner, should help ensure that the properties are leased to parties, in number and content, to corresponded with the neighborhood restrictions. Both owner and agency should have responsibility and consequences when infractions occur.


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