On Wednesday evening, January 10, the Friends of Lake Chelan are hosting an informational meeting on The Impact of Short Term Rentals & Affordable Housing.
This meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the third floor conference room of the Lakeside Lodge & Suites, located at 2312 West Woodin Avenue across from Lakeside Park.
Short term rentals have impacted affordable housing world-wide. It was an issue that was being discussed in Barcelona when we visited in 2016. Many apartment owners were turning apartments into AirBnB rentals leaving many local residents scrambling for affordable housing.
This very issue is cropping up across the United States in tourist towns where housing owners can make more money with short term rentals over renting an apartment or house on a long term basis.
The Lake Chelan Valley is facing the same issues as towns like Bend, Oregon, Sun Valley, Idaho and Jackson, Wyoming.
If you are interested in this issue, join the Friends of Lake Chelan and find out about potential solutions or come back to All Things Lake Chelan on Thursday and read my report