The Yachats City Council Thursday yanked the transient rental license of a Portland family that the council determined was not living up to their end of the deal on properly maintaining their transient rental property along Yachats Ocean Road.
The city council decided that the Portland family needs a period of time to reacquaint themselves with the requirements for conducting a business in the city as a landlord for transient rental housing.
City staff told the council that the beachfront home at 509 Yachats Ocean Road had become a real headache to its neighbors – mainly that those renting the property from the Portland owners completely disregarded the parking restrictions that come with the property. Surrounding property owners complained that renters and their visitors were violating the parking map that is part of the owners’ transient rental license. Staff told the council that cars were parked on the lawn as well as in the driveway up to five vehicles deep, causing an unsightly scene for the neighborhood in what is otherwise a rather beautiful ocean shore setting.
Councilors noted that any transient rental license holder must have a local contact manager who must return a phone call within two hours. The council learned that there have been many instances where complaints would have been filed with the resident property manager but the manager did not return phone calls.
Originally, Mayor Brean suggested a six months suspension of the license holder but the council trimmed it back to two months. However, by January first, the council said that the owner must demonstrate she can comply with city transient rental codes before she can have her license restored and her property rented again.
In a letter to the council, the property owner denied any knowledge that rules were being violated in connection with her property and promised her local property manager would return any and all phone calls to anyone complaining about the way her property was being used.
She’ll get the opportunity to make good on her word starting January 1st, the earliest date the city will entertain an application for re-instatement as a transient rental owner.