Letter to the editor: Capping short-term rentals won’t solve housing problem

Susan and Jeff Quinn

How does capping short-term rental licenses help affordable housing for locals? It doesn’t.

Limiting short-term rentals will not encourage homeowners to rent long term, as the home values do not support long-term rental numbers. We homeowners want the ability to be able to enjoy our homes throughout the year, and long-term rentals do not support that.

Limiting short-term rentals will also limit tourism and tourism dollars. Why limit business after fighting so hard to survive the pandemic shutdowns? Breckenridge businesses value those tourism dollars. Allow the free market to work and self-regulate.

Our beautiful Summit County needs affordable workforce housing. This is not a new problem to tourist destinations, and short-term rentals did not create this problem. Building affordable housing for our workforce will help strengthen our local economy without restricting the tourism industry we so heavily rely on here in Breckenridge.

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