Taking away their right to rent, short-term, would further gentrify Telluride and, to me, that’s awful. So many year-round residents take multiple jobs to stay here. I treasure their presence.
Many of them, and I do know a bunch, are greatly dependent upon being able to rent out their homes part-time. I would hate, hate, hate to lose these Telluride citizens. They and their spirit is a major reason that I come back again and again. To me, they are the keepers of the wonderful spirit of Telluride from days of yore.
The affluent homeowners generally have a caretaker, a caretaker’s cottage, or someone living there when they are gone. They don’t rent their places out, long or short-term, so changing the rules regarding allowing homeowners to have short-term rentals is irrelevant to them. Last, I know that many of the “Telluride visionaries” who came here in the 60s and 70s managed to luck out with an affordable home and are therefore able to hang on to it.
In good faith, respecting their ownership of their homes, their need to get income from rentals and, in the spirit of fairness to them and this history, I say let them rent as they please. (And it’s also fair to require them to report this income and do all we can to make sure that some of the tax stays in our region to support what’s best and most wonderful about Telluride.)