Stop Missoula's "Tourist Homes" Ordinance From Putting Affordable Homes Out of Reach
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At the request of local landlords, the Missoula City Council recently created a “Tourist Homes” ordinance which makes it legal for any business or person, regardless of whether they live in the city, to turn any house in Missoula into a "short-term" rental or motel. This is very different from allowing people to rent out their own apartment or home which is what most cities do. With Missoula's ordinance, a landlord can live anywhere and using LLCs easily buy as many homes as he or she wants, potentially turning whole blocks of our neighborhoods into motels. This new ordinance will introduce an ever-revolving door of strangers into our neighborhoods, taking what makes your neighborhood amazing (it’s people) and replacing them with ‘tourists’ who you’ll never know for more than a few days. It also creates endless anxiety for anyone who has children and lives next to one of these motels, dramatically drives up single-family housing prices, guts the tax base, erodes support of local schools, and essentially destroys the fabric of your neighborhood.
Additionally, Missoula is already an incredibly difficult place to start a business. By handing over our neighborhoods to short-term landlords, we will drive up affordable housing and make hiring people even more of a challenge.
The purpose of this petition is ask our City Council to reverse the legalization of short-term non-Primary rentals in Missoula. Thanks!
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