February 25, 2011
Dear VRD Owners:
My name is Barry Rice and my family owns a beach house in Lincoln City, Oregon.
So do you.
We are among 321 Lincoln City property owners who use our homes as vacation rentals.
I am writing because that may be changing.
The problem: This year a proposal to eliminate vacation rentals in R-1 residential zones – where nearly two-thirds of vacation rentals are located — will most likely face a City Council vote. Why? The hard economy has prompted more homeowners to help cover costs by renting to vacationers. This increase in VRD’s (Vacation Rental Dwellings) has spurred some year-round Lincoln City residents to complain that their neighborhoods are becoming a “VRD haven.”
A possible solution: Form an association to make sure the city also hears our side. Our hope is that the City Council — as it prepares for a possible vote – appreciates what we also bring to the city. For example, as a group of 321 owners of 335 properties, we provided Lincoln City with more than $5.85 million in room tax payments in 2009.
Background: The city has increased pressure on Vacation Rental Dwellings. This last year for instance, our VRDs have gone from being simply permitted to licensed –we now must obtain a business license the same as motel and hotel owners who operate in commercial zones.
Where do we go from here? We’re forming an Internet-based association as a place to communicate with each other and to respond to proposals that could affect our property rights. Mr. Ross Smith II, a fellow VRD owner, already has put up the website for our new group – the Lincoln City Vacation Homeowners Association.
The need for our group is clear. Because only 21 of the 321 VRD owners are full-time Lincoln City residents, we need a way to participate more visibly with city government. We would require no physical meetings. I would suggest that our association collect modest dues (perhaps $50-$75 a year) to provide us capital to support a worthwhile community service project in Lincoln City and efforts to support VRD owners and protect our rights.
If you would like to join with fellow Lincoln City vacation homeowners in this cause, please go to our new website http://lcvha.com, and provide your name and email address. Please contact me, if you have questions or advice, at (503) 516-7698 or contact us via our website.
Barry and Connie Rice