Chelan County to Restrict Vacation Rental Homes

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WENATCHEE – Renting out a vacation home in Chelan County will likely become more restrictive in the future. Commissioners say the vacation rental market is exploding in areas such as Lake Chelan and Leavenworth thanks to websites such as VRBO and Airbnb.

Commissioner Doug England says the County’s Department of Community Development is in the process of drafting new rules to address, among other issues, neighboring property owner nuisance complaints.

Planners are in the process of developing an inventory of rental properties and are currently conducting a survey of property owners in advance of drafting new regulations.

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Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.