April 19, 2019
<br /> Subject: City of Lake Oswego Proposed Short Term Rental Ordinance
<br /> Dear Commission, Mayor and Council:
<br /> Host2Host.org is a local, non-profit trade association that advocates for hosts who welcome
<br /> travelers into our homes. We wanted to be able to speak for ourselves, recognizing that cities
<br /> often hear only from platforms such as Airbnb and HomeAway. We use those platforms, but our
<br /> interests often differ. Our association fully supports STR hosts being permitted, paying
<br /> occupancy taxes and meeting reasonable regulatory requirements. We provide continual
<br /> educational opportunities to our members to enhance their hospitality skills, and to understand
<br /> city requirements. We are proud to have a member serving on the Board of Travel Portland,
<br /> which recognizes the value of short-term rentals in the overall mix of hospitality offerings.
<br /> Short term rentals, if managed correctly, add value to the city by
<br /> • offering exciting diversity in hospitality choices and prices;
<br /> • creating city "ambassadors" in the form of hosts motivated to take the time to direct
<br /> guests to the best the city has to offer;
<br /> • allowing visitors to stay in the same neighborhood as their family members who may not
<br /> have enough room in their house to accommodate them;
<br /> • enabling older hosts to age in place, through the additional income from hosting, and
<br /> younger hosts to augment their income.
<br /> • contributing revenue to the city through occupancy taxes, and
<br /> • strengthening small businesses in the neighborhoods
<br /> • enhancing cultural bridges
<br /> What does the phrase "if managed correctly" mean? The biggest hazard is the loss of long-term
<br /> housing. Requiring the STR to be an owner's or renter's principal residence largely solves that
<br /> issue. We have talked to many hosts regarding their STR space and if STR were not an option,
<br /> would it otherwise be long-term housing? By far, the majority of situations show that the hosts
<br /> either do not have the kitchen/bathroom facilities to accommodate long-term housing, or they
<br /> desire to have their space available for visiting family or friends, and would not choose to use
<br /> their space for long-term rental.
<br /> We commend the City of Lake Oswego for the proposed ordinance allowing for STRs, as we
<br /> believe it will add value to city as noted above. We offer the following suggestions as you
<br /> deliberate the proposed ordinance.
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