Neil Talbott 
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Re: “The Springs looks to regulate Airbnbs, and other short-term rentals

6 CCR 1010-14, "Sanitary Standards and Regulations for Public Accommodations" may apply here. However, its effective date was April 15, 1971 and I do not know if it was repealed. It is still on line.

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Posted by Neil Talbott on 09/27/2018 at 4:31 PM

Re: “The Springs looks to regulate Airbnbs, and other short-term rentals

Eagles Wings,
Thanks for your comment, however, right now there appear to be no boundaries, either from HOAs, the City, or State regarding STRs/Airbnbs although the Colorado Code of Regulations may address some of it. I believe it is too general a statement to use your experience as an Airbnb host to apply across the board to all STRs. I think you will admit to a bias here. I think STRs need to be licensed just like a Boarding House (which they are), listed with the city and their HOA (if one exists), and have a live-in owner to better control the environment within a reasonable period of time. I would not go so far as to ban STRs (probably not legal to do so) but that said people buy in areas zoned single family residential because it is single family residential, not rentals. I do believe most people who rent at STRs/Airbnbs are good people, but I cannot prove that and would rather not take the chance with the health and safety of our families and children in the neighborhoods we live in. There is a reasonable balance that can be reached here but without more information from our elected reps or someone with a legal background I do not know what that is.

Neil Talbott

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Posted by Neil Talbott on 09/27/2018 at 6:32 AM

Re: “The Springs looks to regulate Airbnbs, and other short-term rentals

The following is the letter I sent to City Councilman David Geislinger:

Dear Counselman Geislinger,

Recently I read "The Airbnb Next Door" in the Colorado Springs Independent, September 19, 2018. This article and the issue it describes correctly brings up some concerns. As a board member of the Stonewater Homeowners Association, a neighborhood on Voyager between Compassion International and Progressive Insurance, I am totally against allowing STRs (Short Term Rentals or Boarding Houses) in neighborhoods zoned for Single Family Residential. I am against this for the following reasons:

Our HOA has had issues caused by STRs; mostly parking and noise issues. Our covenants can address some parking and nuisance issues through fines but not the core cause of these issues when it comes to STRs. The real issue of allowing and regulating STRs must be addressed by the city.
These STRs are nothing more than boarding house businesses that should not be allowed in neighborhoods zoned for single family residential use. The city has not zoned this area for STR businesses or any public business.
These short term rental businesses devalue our neighborhood. They cause noise, parking problems, possible drug issues, nuisance, appearance and security issues. Because HOAs are not notified of STRs by the city we don't know who temporarily lives there or whether or not they pose a safety hazard to our children or families. There are no background checks of STRs renters that I know of.
Since this is a relatively new issue our HOA covenants only cover parking and nuisance issues, not health and safety issues caused by STRs. Health and safety issues should be addressed by the city and state. Our streets are city streets, and as such also have limitations on excessive parking blocking traffic, etc. but the city normally has to enforce those.
If the city approves them these STRs need (as a minimum) to be owner occupied, licensed and taxed, to not serve food not inspected by the city, and HOAs (or their property management) need to be notified of any STRs in our neighborhood so we can better monitor them.
Bottom line, our city needs to address this and allow only in areas properly zoned for their use. Long term rentals are one thing and acceptable to most, STRs are quite another issue as they are no more or less than Boarding houses. We do not allow property owners unlimited use of their property, especially when that use harms the health and safety of neighbors. This is no different.

Sincerely,

Neil L. Talbott
Stonewater HOA Board of Directors
(address deleted from this post)

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Posted by Neil Talbott on 09/25/2018 at 10:24 AM

Re: “The Springs looks to regulate Airbnbs, and other short-term rentals

By the way I have already written to my City Council Representative, David Geislinger regarding this issue. If you are in his district his email is dgeislinger@springsgov.com.

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Posted by Neil Talbott on 09/23/2018 at 3:20 PM

Re: “The Springs looks to regulate Airbnbs, and other short-term rentals

See the following Colorado Code of Regulations, Paragraph 2.1 --https://www.sos.state.co.us/CCR/GenerateRu…

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Posted by Neil Talbott on 09/23/2018 at 11:53 AM

Re: “The Springs looks to regulate Airbnbs, and other short-term rentals

Ok, best case -- nothing ever happens. Worse case, short term tenants turn out to be human traffickers, drug dealers, or thieves casing the neighborhoods. No one in the neighborhood really knows them, not even the owner. If a neighborhood is zoned single family residential why in God's name do we have businesses (licensed or unlicensed) in that zone? HOAs don't even have the right to ban or control them. Call them what you like but these are boarding houses, license them, control them, and put them in zones appropriate for them.
Neil L. Talbott

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Posted by Neil Talbott on 09/22/2018 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Why won't the Gazette disclose its owner like it should?

Regarding your Editorial, "Gazette: Act responsibly, I must say the verbiage could reflect the views of any number of news organizations these days that simply ignore the Society of Professional Journalists" Code of Ethics. It would appear that wealthy individuals are buying up news organizations en-mass and using the organizations, not to publish accurate non-biased news but to twist the news and editorials to propagandize their interests to influence key or supportive audiences in their favor. Those interests could be to obtain more wealth or simply to obtain more power and control over their audiences. In some cases it would appear they simply gut the publications they buy and use them as a tax write off. From your editorial it would appear that the Gazette's owner is no different. I suggest we all be weary of anything we read these days and ask the old question, who benefits and who pays?, to determine the reason for the attempted community influence (or lack thereof) in the first place.

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Posted by Neil Talbott on 03/22/2018 at 10:42 AM

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