Short-term ren­tal ord. re­vised

Prop­erty Man­age­ment

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On May 11, the Santa Fe City Coun­cil ap­proved and adopted a re­vised ver­sion of 14-6.2 of the Land Use De­vel­op­ment Code per­tain­ing to short-term rentals. The re­vi­sions re­moved cer­tain lim­i­ta­tions on these rentals, changed the an­nual fee struc­ture, and re­quired that all per­mit hold­ers pay all ap­pli­ca­ble taxes or face cer­tain penal­ties.

Prior to these changes, the or­di­nance only al­lowed for 350 short term rentals within city lim­its that were res­i­den­tially zoned, and limited the num­ber of rentals to 17 per year. The re­vised or­di­nance has in­creased the cap, al­low­ing for a to­tal of 1,000 units, and re­moved the lim­i­ta­tion on the num­ber or rentals per year. How­ever, the lim­i­ta­tion on only one ar­rival per week was un­changed.

Other changes in­clude that per­mits will not be is­sued to units that di­rectly ad­join each other un­less in a condo, town­home, or apart­ment com­mu­nity. Prior to the changes in the or­di­nance, own­ers of prop­er­ties in com­mer­cial districts did not need to ap­ply for a per­mit and un­der the new or­di­nance ap­pli­ca­tions must be com­pleted and a per­mit must be is­sued.

These changes al­low for the city to more ef­fec­tively man­age short-term rentals. Be­fore, it was nearly im­pos­si­ble for en­force­ment of­fi­cers to de­ter­mine if prop­er­ties be­ing ad­ver­tised on­line were in vi­o­la­tion pri­mar­ily due to the fact that prop­er­ties in com­mer­cial districts did not have per­mit num­bers as­so­ci­ated with the ad­ver­tis­ing. The city can now fo­cus ef­forts to­ward en­forc­ing the items that mat­ter most to the neigh­bor­hoods and our com­mu­nity as a whole and not get bogged down in the minu­tiae of, “Is the ren­tal le­gal or not?”

If you are con­cerned that a short-term ren­tal in your neigh­bor­hood will af­fect your qual­ity of life, don’t be! Fa­mil­iar­ize your­self with the process and re­port vi­o­la­tions when they arise. Should there be con­tin­ued is­sues with trash, park­ing, or noise, the ren­tal can be shut down but that will only hap­pen if you re­port the vi­o­la­tions. Ad­di­tion­ally there is an owner, op­er­a­tor, or prop­erty man­ager avail­able 24/7 to re­spond to such com­plaints. You can ob­tain this in­for­ma­tion by con­tact­ing the short-term ren­tal of­fice, 505-9554663, and pro­vid­ing the ad­dress of the ren­tal.

Ryan Good­man is chief marketing of­fi­cer at Kokopelli Prop­erty Man­age­ment (9821013, 877-496-4989) and has been in the busi­ness all his life. Ryan’s back­grond is in small-busi­ness man­age­ment and en­trepreneur­ship.


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