◀︎return to newslistMayor wants to move on regulating STRs

June 25, 2019 – 

Enforcement of the city’s Short-Term Rental ordinance is a “critical first step” in addressing the impact STRs have on access to affordable housing in Santa Fe, according to a recently released report commissioned by Homewise, a nonprofit group that helps people buy homes or stay in them.
Mayor Alan Webber agrees and says the report also identifies many other things the city can do improve enforcement.

“We need to do a better job of enforcing regulations,” Webber said. “I think what (the report) does is it has given us a tool we can use to move ahead with different strategies to regulate Short-Term Rentals.”

One thing the city may do, he said, is limit the number of permits issued to one per person. The Homewise report says that about 20% of the STR hosts in Santa Fe operate more than one STR and 15 hosts operate 381 SRTs.

“What once was a personal decision to create an additional income stream has become an industry,” he said. “Santa Fe should not be put up for bid.”