Christopher T. Wojda
<br /> 18304 Tamaway Drive
<br /> Lake Oswego, OR 97034
<br /> April 18, 2019
<br /> RE: 120 Night Annual Limitation (Draft Ordinance for Short Term Rentals)
<br /> Dear Planning Commissioners:
<br /> While I am very pleased about several aspects of the Draft Ordinance for Short Term Rentals,
<br /> thank you for your hard work, there are a few parts of the proposal that have me concerned.
<br /> Before I get into that, please know, I am writing as a person who has had nothing but 100%
<br /> positive experiences when traveling in the US with Airbnb, not as a former host who would like
<br /> to regain my ability to host guests.
<br /> 1) Limiting hosts to 120 nights per year is counter-productive and will be impossible to monitor.
<br /> It is also discouraging to success-driven hosts and unnecessary. There are two sides to the
<br /> affordable housing coin. 1) Homes that are affordable to get into and 2) homes that remain
<br /> affordable to stay in. Limiting guests to 120 nights per year would punish people who are
<br /> seeking a way to remain in Lake Oswego and consider STRs to be an opportunity for creating
<br /> necessary income. I know this as someone who recently remodeled my childhood home to
<br /> make sure my mother found aging-in-place at her home of 36 years in Lake Oswego both
<br /> possible and wise. I also know this as someone who has met other families that have made
<br /> STRs part of their financial strategy.
<br /> Many of the hosts I have met in my travels over the past several years are considered "Super
<br /> Hosts" by Airbnb. These people go above and beyond for their guests and are the greatest
<br /> ambassadors of not only the Airbnb brand, but also of the cities in which they reside. Several of
<br /> these Super Hosts have personally told me that their reason for going the extra mile for their
<br /> guests (beyond the joy of hosting) is that the extra income from their STR make possible:
<br /> - staying in their home as retirees
<br /> - affording college for their children
<br /> - saving for retirement
<br /> And great reviews are the key to becoming and remaining a Super Host. Success should be
<br /> encouraged, not discouraged. The fear that a space will become a revolving door for hosts who
<br /> aren't home and are basically operating a cheap hotel can be controlled by other means. Again,
<br /> success should not be discouraged.
<br /> 2) I also want to make clear my support of Option 2 in the Definition of Terms (LOC 50.10.003
<br /> DEFINITIONS), listed on ATTACHMENT 2 (Ordinance 2815) LU 18-0034, dated 03/07/19.
<br /> Discriminating against townhouse and condo owners who, like home-owners, may want to
<br /> leverage running an STR to make life in Lake Oswego more affordable is intrusive. As with my
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