The city of Aspen has issued 273 permits since the passage of a 2012 law that allows any property owner to put their home or condo in the rental pool, but representatives of two property management companies said not much has changed.
Before the law, vacation rentals in Aspen were not allowed in residential areas, and were capped at two per year in the downtown and lodging zone districts. However, the rules were rarely enforced. The council at the time decided to allow unlimited vacation rentals throughout the city, so long as the property owner got a business license and a new vacation rental permit, paid sales and lodging taxes on their proceeds, and designed an on-call representative who could deal with issues related to bad renters.
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