The number of respondents in the poll was 265, 206 against and 59 for allowing vacation rentals. Of the voted against, 131 were in favor of restrictions of 90 days or longer. The remainder supported a complete prohibition. Among the concerns discussed by the Board relating to vacation rentals were security, potential liability and, maintaining the character of the community. Among other things, under the CCR, the Board is charged with preserving the character of Canterwood as a “rural, family-oriented community.” With respect to security, among other things, allowing vacation rentals would mean expanded access into Canterwood. There are a variety of potential liability issues arising from the fact that there is no mechanism for enforcing Canterwood regulations, as in speed limits against non-homeowners. Likewise, there is no mechanism for enforcing for example, noise regulations against non-homeowners.
Accordingly, the Board has proposed adopting the following rule:
Compensated rentals of less than 60 days duration are a non-residential use and are prohibited.
Under this rule, a homeowner would not be prohibited from allowing a non-compensated tenancy, as for example by a family member or friend, of any duration.
However, given that the response to the survey did not represent a majority, the Board is electing to postpone the effective date of the rule until June 1 to allow further input from Homeowners. If you have questions, comments, approvals or objections, please direct them to the Board prior to the May 27, Board meeting at which meeting, formal adoption of the Rule will be up for consideration.
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