Ashland may loosen laws on vacation rentals

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by Associated Press

kgw.com

Posted on July 15, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 16 at 8:36 AM

ASHLAND, Ore. -- The Ashland City Council plans to take a look at the practice of renting out private homes to tourists, something that's become easy to do with online listings and communications.

It's also become profitable in a town that attracts thousands for Shakespeare plays and tourist activities. The Daily Tidings reports that city officials have been notifying some homeowners that they're operating illegally.

The city was able to collect information on 40 illegal vacation homes and found that 16 previously had been used for long-term rental housing.

The paper quoted one homeowner who rents out a "mother-in-law" unit as saying that short-term tourist stays can bring twice as much in income as long-term rentals.

AThe council meets Tuesday to debate whether the city should loosen the restrictions.

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