by Linda Bannerman
The county ought to reject implementing trip rental caps. Such an ordinance could be a failure on the a part of the county in its accountability to make coverage authorized and truthful to all. The ordinance would trample on the rights of property house owners. Based mostly upon “federal constitutional grounds,” the Texas Supreme Court docket concluded, “The power to lease property is a basic privilege of property possession.” Any motion limiting that proper ought to by no means be completed frivolously, however to take action with out proof of hurt could be egregious.
A lot misinformation has been supplied across the problems with inexpensive housing, neighborhood disruptions, widespread group assist of caps, degradation of the surroundings, rising actual property costs and extra. However the group has been supplied empirical proof proving the claims of these urging caps are largely unfounded.
Our group proves that capping VRs would have little influence on the stock of inexpensive housing. Few trip leases are “inexpensive” anyway. There are inexpensive models at the moment obtainable for renters with a clear rental historical past. Businesses have matched a variety of renters with models over the previous yr. The declare of a scarcity of long-term leases has been exaggerated. Seasonal housing for employees is one other concern to be served by discovering efficient options, however it might by no means be solved by limiting VRs.
These complaining of noise have repeatedly supplied the identical few examples as if it is a frequent prevalence when knowledge exhibits it isn’t. They’ve additionally admitted they’re unwilling to make use of the treatments already in place. Curbing rights of property house owners to lease their property to regulate such complaints when much less restrictive means exist shouldn’t be warranted (see https://bit.ly/3D3O0UW).
The Trip Rental Work Group (VRWG) has misrepresented the variety of locals supporting caps by hundreds through the use of a change.org “petition,” which measures the worldwide recognition of an thought and isn’t an area nor authorized petition. Through the council’s public feedback, equal numbers of callers and letters opposed caps as supported them. We can not assume the voices of 1 group are consultant of the bulk.
Rising actual property costs are a nationwide phenomenon, unrelated to VRs. Googling “rising actual property costs” will supply analyses about why however none level the finger at VRs. The declare that the rise of 1 causes the rise of the opposite is a traditional case of correlation, not causation.
These advocating caps have claimed VRs use extra water. As soon as once more, the details show in any other case. When the EWUA Board introduced its former common supervisor’s VR water-use presentation at a VRWG assembly was skewed and unauthorized, these against VRs scrambled to remake the info match their declare. When a number of of us at that assembly approached organizers and requested to talk about inaccuracies, we have been flatly denied. These opposed don’t need you to listen to the reality. “There isn’t any proof that trip leases are utilizing water in extra or inappropriately,” stated Tenar Corridor, EWUA Board member and mathematician. “We’ve gone by way of the info extensively and have discovered no proof that trip leases are having any adversarial results on our water system.”
Our group has been misled. It’s time to take note of the info. I urge the council: don’t make coverage that might hamper the rights of law-abiding property house owners their constitutionally-protected proper to make use of their property to make a modest earnings. The requires caps are based mostly on the emotional and uninformed claims of some and never on proof. Caps are merely not warranted by the details.