Larimer vacation rental owners balk at short-term rental rules

A vacation rental is pictured in the western part of Estes Park in this file photo.

Steven McCrane bought a retirement home in Estes Park several years ago and spends as much time there as possible. The rest of the year, he rents out his house as a short-term rental through VRBO.

He pays sales tax and lodging tax every night his house is rented.

McCrane’s home is one of 333 vacation homes and 29 short-term rentals in the Estes Valley registered with Larimer County, many of which are in residential areas. Hundreds more are registered within the city limits of Estes Park.

Now the county is considering changes to short-term rental policies, and McCrane says those changes will make it harder for landlords like him to make money on his property. Some of the changes apply to the Estes Valley, where the bulk of the county’s short-term rentals are located. And some apply to Larimer County outside the Valley.

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