Short-Term Rental Task Force

On September 20, 2021, the Brevard City Council adopted Resolution Number 2021-47 establishing the Short-Term Rental Task Force. The purpose of the Task Force is to obtain data on short-term rentals (STRs) in the City of Brevard, assess positive and negative impacts, and provide recommendations to City Council. Short-term rentals are defined for the purposes of this Task Force as private residential properties that are rented, either in whole or in part, for periods of less than 30 days for compensation. 

MEMBERSHIP

The membership of the Task Force was included in the establishing resolution and is updated by City Council as needed. The Task Force is currently comprised of:

  • Aaron Baker, Brevard City Council & Co-Chair
  • Geraldine Dinkins, Brevard City Council & Co-Chair
  • Mack McKeller, City Attorney (ex-officio member)
  • Aaron Bland, Assistant Planning Director
  • Issac Allen, White Squirrel Realty
  • Hannah Bowers, Citizen
  • Ryan Jacuqes, Going Green Builders
  • Nory LeBrun, Chamber of Commerce
  • Madeline Offen, Pisgah Legal Services
  • Jeremy Owen, Beverly-Hanks Realty
  • Dee Dee Perkins, Tourism Development Authority
  • Tripp Presnell, Citizen
  • Daniel Trusler, Red House Inn

DATA GATHERING

One of the primary focuses of the Task Force is to gather data regarding STRs in Brevard, their impacts - both positive and negative - and the public's thoughts and concerns about them.

ECONOMIC IMPACT ANALYSIS

The Task Force commissioned an economic impact analysis of STRs in Brevard and Transylvania County after learning of a similar study done in Buncombe County. Key findings of the study include:

  • STRs account for 5-6% of total housing units in Transylvania County.
  • New housing supply has not kept up with housing demand.
  • There is a positive but limited correlation between the STR market and local housing prices.

The full report can be downloaded below.

SURVEY

The task force has commissioned a representative survey of city residents. Five hundred addresses within the city limits were randomly selected, and a three-step process of inviting participation from a household member of those residences is underway. Participants are asked to complete a brief online survey with multiple-choice and short-answer questions about their experiences with short-term rentals in Brevard. The first step is a mailed initial invitation to participate in the online survey, the second step is a mailed follow-up to those who have not yet taken the survey, and the final step is a door-to-door invitation to participate with the option to take the survey on paper. 


After data collection for the representative survey is complete, the online survey will be made open to the public and we will invite participation from all interested stakeholders.

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