Duluth — Sarah Lawrence and her husband sat on a bungalow deck on the hillside of Duluth one afternoon. It was when a stranger passed by and offered to buy a house for twice the value.

“We said,’Would you like to live here?’ They said’no’,” she said.

For her, it was the latest example of a change in the Duluth tide. There, full-time vacation rentals spread throughout the scenic city, and some residents are nervous.

Last fall, the city Drastic Rental rules have changed to allow up to 10 new full-time permits each year in residential areas. However, 10 new housing units have been added, with a limit of 120. The 55 Duluth Homes in the Residential Zone are currently on full-time vacation. Rental; About half is at Park Point, a mile-long residential sandbar with homes, beaches and a small airport.

Duluth is one of the many demanding tourism communities nationwide that are tense as residential vacation rentals become more popular, especially in locations such as Carolina, Arizona and California.

Due to the surge in Duluth, some residents are worried about its impact, despite restrictions imposed by city authorities. Neighbors attend city government hearings, threatening the lack of owners on the premises, the impact of outside investors on the already tight housing market, and the attractiveness of quiet neighborhoods, they say. Expressed concern about new visitors. This issue is expected to resurface on Monday when a group of neighbors are planning to attend the city council to sue for a vacation rental permit granted by the city.

Beth Storaasli has filed a $ 407 appeal against a neighborhood home in eastern Duluth. She said her daughter is one of the recent examples of many potential Duluth homebuyers who can’t find a home in their price range.

“The city council came up with a big compromise. They would bow their heads and not see what it was doing to the community,” Strasli said.

Ros Randolph, a member of the council, said residents’ concerns were discussed in detail before the council approved the new rules last fall, including concerns about the city’s housing crisis and density issues.

“I peeled off the onions deeply,” she said.

As part of the agreement, Randolph said he made many concessions to alleviate concerns in the neighborhood. The city requires a screen or fencing and a maximum number of bedrooms. The city imposes parking requirements and requires a real estate manager to live within 25 miles. The permit lasts for 6 years and then needs to be reapplied.

“We put a lot of thought into the ordinance and made some thoughtful changes that everyone adheres to,” she said. “I hope you unpack this and don’t start over.”

“Not a NIMBY response”

Andrea Kusel said her family has lived in Park Point for about 10 years and enjoys the coveted beach community with long-time residents who borrow sugar from each other and share baked goods. .. However, she said the vast number of vacation rentals at points is “destroying” the structure, and she added that property taxes are “soaring.”

“It’s the neighbors who live in the house that give value,” Kusel said. Many rental properties have no owner on the premises or are owned by a company. “We are young people at Park Point. We don’t have many children now. We are slowly declining.”

Adam Fulton, Deputy Director of Planning and Development in Duluth, said it is unlikely to limit the number of vacation rentals in one neighborhood.

“Management is complex, it’s essentially a market change, and it can have unintended consequences,” he said.

A total of about 100 vacation rentals are available in cities with approximately 36,000 households. In some areas, such as downtown and other business districts, there is no limit to permits. Authorities do not believe that these types of properties will be a permanent feature, according to Fulton, as there are few complaints about lessors and the permit expires.

“This is a start-up,” he says, and cities are working on it in a variety of ways — from unlimited to maximum numbers or complete bans.

“The essential policy here is to provide the right level of housing and not lose all types of housing available in the community,” Fulton said.

Hundreds of apartments in Duluth are expected to be built and opened in the coming years. There is a shortageHowever, in the case of available single-family homes.

The city has “experienced the greatest growth in the number of housing units created in our city in more than a generation,” said Councilor Gary Anderson.

LiseLunge-Larsen sees it differently. She lives opposite the house in the center of the appeal that the city council considers on Monday.

“Every home that turns into a VRBO (owner’s vacation rental) is a home that isn’t on the market,” said Lunge-Larsen. “I feel like my left hand doesn’t know what my right hand is doing.”

Regarding Lawrence, she says she is worried that the number of vacation rentals scattered across observation hills vacant among visitors will increase, giving a lonely atmosphere to what was once crowded with children. I did.

“This is not NIMBY’s response,” she said, using the acronym for the phrase “not in my backyard.” “What bothers me is that there is nothing that might be there.”