STRs Help People Planning to Retire at the Beach or Keep a Property in the Family
Suzan Sachdeva, Lincoln Beach
I moved to Lincoln Beach to enjoy a peaceful, quiet neighborhood close to nature. And I happen to live next door to a busy vacation rental. The owner and I get along well and both of us appreciate having a good neighbor. If I have a problem, I contact him directly and the problem is resolved quickly. There is no need to contact his property manager. Most STR owners want to maintain the neighborhood they personally value. Some owners invested in a property operating as a STR with the goal of eventually retiring to a beach community. Others inherited property but need the STR revenue to offset the costs of owning property they could not otherwise afford.
If a visitor who left their manners at home invades your neighborhood, don’t complain to your neighbors. Document – with notes and pictures – how your privacy and peaceful neighborhood is compromised. Contact the property manager displayed on the sign in front of the rental. Remember the property manager’s job is to provide a wall between the owner and the public. If the issue is not addressed promptly to your satisfaction, your power is knowing how to use the Lincoln County Assessor’s Office to find out who owns the property.
Don’t be shy about letting an individual or corporation know how their rental STR impacts your quality of life. And get your neighbors on board! If the issue is not resolved, file a formal complaint with the county. Rest assured you are not “ratting” on a neighbor; you are simply preserving what attracted you to unincorporated Lincoln County in the first place… peace and quiet in the middle of nature.
This editorial by was submitted by Suzan Sachdeva. Her opinions are hers and hers alone and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of NewsLincolnCounty.com.