Chamberlain Reviews Visitor Home Rentals in Aim to Preserve Single-Family Homes, Mayor Says

CHAMBERLAIN, SD (KELO) – This is called an ordinance banning transitional commercial use of residential property and, in fact, would ban the future use of residential homes like Airbnbs and Vrbo (which meant Vacation Rentals). vacation by owner).

Chamberlain Mayor Chad Mutziger said the proposed ordinance is an effort to preserve the city’s housing stock.

“It’s nothing against Airbnbs or Vrbo,” he said.

Homeowners can rent their homes to visitors through Airbnbs or Vrbo. Both companies work with hosts, many of whom are owners, to rent out their property to visitors.

“We like to receive tourists. We are a destination city, ”Mutziger said of the use of Airbnb and Vrbo in the city.

The town of Chamberlain has granted conditional use permits (CUPs) in residential areas for these uses, Mutziger said. Those with CUPs will grandfather if the proposed ordinance passes, Mutziger said.

He is concerned that there will be increased interest from home owners who only want to rent their home through Airbnb or Vrbo and those who buy a home for the sole purpose of renting it through Airbnb or Vrbo. If that happens, it would negatively impact an already limited supply of housing in the city, he said.

Housing is already so scarce in Chamberlain that it is negatively impacting the workforce, Mutziger said.

The city needs single-family homes to attract workers and if there are none or too few, it is difficult to attract those workers, Mutziger said.

“We are running out of homes for sale,” said Jeannine Hickey Reuer of Chamberlain Real Estate Professionals. Hickey Reuer said she knew a potential hospital employee who couldn’t find a home so the potential employee couldn’t take the job.

Hickey Reuer said she was working with a potential buyer who was considering buying a home and running it as a visitor rental. The subdivision’s restrictive covenants precluded such use and the buyer changed their mind, Hickey Reuer said.

The city is developing a 60-acre residential and commercial division that will add housing to the city.

The proposed ordinance recently passed first reading. The next step is a second reading of the ordinance at the November 1 council meeting, according to city finance director Nicky Gaulke.

Mutziger said that if the order is approved, the council could possibly assess it in the future to allow certain exceptions such as renting during the July 4 vacation.

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