Negative Impacts of Short-Term Rentals
None of us bought here to live next to a motel
Homeowners want neighbors, NOT transient tenants. Homeowners have filed repeated complaints to the Board and HOA staff over the years as the number of Short-Term Rentals (STRs) has increased in Continental. There is no reason to let a minority of STR owners wag the tail of the dog, continually profiting at the expense of their neighbors’ quality of life.
Threat exists for an STR to move in next door to anyone at anytime
Until STRs are eliminated, the threat exists for all of us. Transition to an STR can be by sale of property, overnight conversion, addition of 3-4 bedrooms or complete tear-down and rebuild into a micro-hotel.
Diminished quality of life
Long-term impacts of allowing STRs to continue to thrive in Continental include reduced property values, threats to personal safety, disruption of peaceful living and home ownership enjoyment, damage to the residential character of our neighborhood and the destruction of the fabric and spirit of our community. Here are some links to read that support these impacts: 42 People Shot in 6 Months at Short-Term Rentals , HOA Best Practices , Crashing The Neighborhood , Horror Stories Short Term Rentals
Ongoing nuisances, safety issues and violations continue
Photos, online advertising, tenant reviews, police reports, HOA staff monitoring, homeowner complaint emails and letters, homeowner statements at Board meetings continue to confirm the violations, nuisances and safety issues these STRs create in our community. These include unreasonably large rental groups, continuous turnover of transient tenants, excessive noise, concerns of personal and family safety, frequent late night parties, uncontained trash, trespassing, bonfires, fireworks, uncontrolled children and loose pets.
These are OUR neighborhoods, not transient tenant playgrounds
Homeowners want neighbors, not transient tenants. Homeowners object to strangers occupying residences, roaming our streets, bringing their party atmosphere and undesirable, rude and often vulgar behaviors to OUR neighborhoods. Transient tenants have no vested interest, no pride of ownership and do not add value or contribute to our community. STR owner responses to fixing the problems they create are callous, ignorant or dismissive.
Unmanaged daily and hourly rental of properties
No property managers on site means no definitive confirmation to the number or identity of transient tenants actually occupying the property. Neighbors and the HOA staff are left to monitor, report and plead for accountability and change. Dangerous strangers are a real possibility given what has been seen across the country.
Accountability is ignored and wasting HOA resources
Attempts to hold all STRs accountable a) to our CC&Rs, b) renting to only a Single Family, c) to submit Tenant Registration Forms and d) follow new Rules and Regulations for rentals have not resolved the continuing violations and ongoing homeowner complaints. We continue to spend a significant amount of effort and money trying to unsuccessfully control and babysit a minority of properties. This is a wasteful use of HOA resources and homeowners’ money.