Peggy Redpath: Airbnb-type rentals not taking away from long-term rentals |

Peggy Redpath: Airbnb-type rentals not taking away from long-term rentals

In the article that ran in The Union titled, “Property owners petition Nevada City government to allow Airbnb-type rentals in residential areas,” we take issue with Gary Johnson’s statement as follows:

“We already have a shortage of housing for long-term owners and renters and costs are rising due to scarcity of supply,” said Johnson. “The city is now challenged in meeting its affordable housing needs as mandated by the state. Even more of our precious little, existing stock will dry up under this proposed ordinance.”

We agree that there is a need for long-term rental housing in Nevada City — that is certainly true. But let’s be clear: Nevada City is no different from any other community’s shortage of rental housing or the rising costs.

No matter a prospective renter’s economic status, long-term rental housing must be suitable for long-term habitation. Current hosts would not be renting to long-term renters under any circumstances.

Some because their units are too small, others because they don’t wish to have a permanent renter in their living quarters.

Denying a property owner from offering a unit for short-term rental, we believe infringes on the rights of the property owner and will not increase the number of properties available for anyone – low income or otherwise,

The units described in the proposed ordinance are not those reported to the state as affordable housing, so please don’t buy that argument. These are not deed-restricted properties.

Units offered on a short-term basis have great utility to the city — increased occupancy to visitors who spend their money in our town plus tax revenue to the city.

If disallowed, there will simply be un-utilized space that could have been available to visitors to our historic town.

Peggy Redpath, on behalf of Nevada City hosts, an informal group who support the pending ordinance.

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