Colorado Residents Sue to Stop Short-Term Rental Ordinance

The new rule bans non-owner-occupied STRs in residential areas, which some property owners claim runs afoul of state and federal laws and property rights.

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May 22, 2024, 9:00 AM PDT

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction


Single-story western-style buildings in Woodland Park, Colorado. Red building on corner labeled "COWHAND" in white text.

Midland Street in Woodland Park, Colorado. | Rosemarie Mosteller / Adobe Stock

Residents of Woodland Park, Colorado are suing the city over an ordinance that limits short-term rentals so severely some property owners say they will be forced to sell their rental properties, reports Quinn Ritzdorf for KRDO. 

“The ordinance only allows primary residence short-term rentals, where the owner lives at the property, to be located in residential zones. Rentals where the owner lives off-property, which is more common, are only allowed in commercial zones,” Ritzdorf explains. 

The lawsuit’s plaintiffs say the city ordinance violates state and federal laws, though the article doesn’t address why owners can’t just change their short-term rentals to long-term rentals. STR owners say the city doesn’t offer many options for lodging, and that their properties are one of the only options for visitors. 

According to Ritzdorf, “Although these regulations are currently in effect, the so-called ban wouldn’t start until Dec. 31, 2024, when the city said it won’t renew short-term rental licenses for properties that don’t follow these new regulations.”

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