Landlording: not for sissies

To the editor,

Recently, there was a front-page article in the Herald about the 1,220 vacation rentals active in Durango and outskirts. I believe most of them remain empty except during big holidays when the motels/hotels are booked. Most of the purchasers of an expensive one- to four-bedroom place close to the train station, for the purpose of a short-term rental, have it empty for the tax loop holes. What a great write-off for the folks at the top with several unused rentals.

I wanted to turn my house next door to me into a vacation rental after 20 years of renting it to college students, a dentist, doctor and others that all trashed it at the end of the lease. Vacationers spending more time outside of the house means less mess, and I wanted to heavily market this house and keep it full year around. Timing is everything and I was denied the ability to use it as a vacation rental because the powers-that-be and a woman with clout that lives on top of a hill felt more places were needed for year-around rentals.

I am just about to rent my house, which almost sold recently at a screaming bargain, for six months. Hopefully by this summer it will sell, be loved and I won’t be traumatized by this one rental anymore.

For all of the envious locals who think I live the great life, along with other landlords, it’s tougher than yah think to deal with tenants where you have to be available 24/7 and maybe, just maybe, get one 3-day vacation-a-year.

– Sally Florence, Durango