With the emergence of sites like Airbnb, HomeAway, and VRBO.com, vacation rentals of homes, condos and cabins has grown in prevalence in La Plata County in recent years.
To better understand the vacation rental landscape in La Plata County, we have hired MUNIRevs, a Dolores-based contractor, to audit the number of such rentals in the county and reach out to vacation rental owners with information about how to be sure they are in compliance with state rules, as well as how to be a good neighbor with vacation rental property.
See Inside Durango TV story on County VRBO outreach.
Be in compliance
The state of Colorado has several compliance requirements for all vacation rentals. These are primarily related to lodgers and sales tax, which the Colorado Department of Revenue collects. In order to operate a vacation rental you must:
Visit the Department of Revenue's page on vacation rentals for more information on sales and lodgers tax requirements.
Be a good neighbor
In addition to these compliance requirements, La Plata County strongly urges you to include “good neighbor” measures in your rental policy so as to avoid conflicts in the neighborhood where your vacation rental is located. By clearly articulating and communicating expectations about traffic, parking events, noise, pets, fire safety, garbage and other protocols, you can prepare your guests to be good neighbors during their stay in your rental.
Please be sure your rental policy includes the following, and is posted clearly at the residence:
Find out more
For more information about La Plata County's audit of vacation rental properties, taxing requirements and good neighbor policies, contact Belinda Villanueva at (970)382-6320.
970-382-6200 - 1101 East 2nd Avenue, Durango, CO 81301