STR Owners Appealing Hood River Residency Requirement To LUBA

A group of Hood River short-term rental owners intend to file an appeal with the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals, claiming residency requirements in the City’s STR regulations adopted seven years ago are unconstitutional.  According to documents sent to the appeals board by the law firm Tonkon Torp of Portland on behalf of the plaintiffs, the appeal has been filed shortly after the expiration of a seven-year period for STR’s that were in operations before the regulations were adopted to come into compliance.  The documents contend the ordinance violates the dormant commerce clause by imposing a residency requirement for holders of short term rental permits, and is a taking of private property without compensation, in violation of both the U.S. and Oregon Constitutions.  Eighteen different people or couples were listed as plaintiffs in the appeal document.

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