[Regarding, “Bust, Boom and Then: What Happens to Short-term Rentals in the Long-term?” Oct. 20, Xpress:] We have deep concerns about the sharp increase in short-term rentals in Buncombe County, which is negatively impacting established neighborhoods. We live in Arden, which does not regulate STRs.
Investors are buying little plots of available land, cutting down the forests and building “tiny homes” solely to rent out; they are buying existing homes, taking off the mailbox and turning them into STRs, thereby creating “hotels” in the middle of established neighborhoods.
Not only is this driving up prices of homes, making it unaffordable for regular people who actually want to live here, but it destroys the whole idea of a “neighborhood,” where people live, know and help each other. STRs increase traffic and safety concerns.
There absolutely should be zoning rules, restrictions and regulations in Buncombe County that prevent investors, who have no interest in an area beyond making money, from creating these stand-alone STRs in established neighborhoods.
The STRs detract from the quality of life. Who wants to live next to an STR house that either stands empty for long stretches of time or is continually occupied by rotating strangers?
— Nancy Sultan and Roland Green