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70 Lopez Island homes for rent on AIRBNB (Housing and Affordable Living)
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April 16, 2018
Posted by Julienne Battalia, Lopez Island

I have a friend who wants to move to Lopez from Shaw Island. In tying to help her find a place I was curious, so I went on airbnb to just see what was listed there...
70 HOUSES FOR SHORT TERM RENTAL ON LOPEZ ISLAND!!!!!

This is a very, very, sad and very disturbing situation we are in as A community.

I am putting out a CALL for compassion, kindness and generosity to those of you with homes for rent on airbnb.

IF YOU WANT OUR COMMUNITY TO THRIVE IN THE WAYS THAT FIRST ATTRACTED YOU TO LOPEZ ISLAND, THEN PLEASE CONSIDER ALLOWING A LOCAL COMMUNITY MEMBER TO RENT YOU HOUSE AND HAVE A HOME.

BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.


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Julienne Battalia: 70 Lopez Island homes for rent on AIRBNB

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I just heard that the Bellingham City Council voted to allow and encourage homeowners to build small out buildings, convert garages and guest houses into year round rentals. I hope our commissioners will follow suit.
Linda Hudson: 70 Lopez Island homes for rent on AIRBNB

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I also want to say that it is easy to use Air B&B as a scapegoat, when lack of affordable housing has many causes, and hopefully, some solutions.

For one thing, there is a difference between someone renting out an extra bedroom as an Air B&B,.... Read all
Linda Hudson: 70 Lopez Island homes for rent on AIRBNB

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Hazel, Air B&Bs ARE counted as vacation rentals. The county keeps a close eye on the website for violators, I am told. I didn't see anything in the previous comments that said otherwise, did you?
Hazel Burns: 70 Lopez Island homes for rent on AIRBNB

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I always understood that vacation rental properties were required to have a permit from the county and that those permits were quite difficult to obtain. It seems that suddenly it is OK for anyone who wishes to rent out their property to vacationers to.... Read all
Julienne Battalia: 70 Lopez Island homes for rent on AIRBNB

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A few fact take always from the YES magazine article:

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THERE IS A HOUSING CRISIS ALL OVER THE USA

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Overall there are enough homes for everyone, the numbers have kept pace with population:
1980, 88 million units
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Ingri Benson: 70 Lopez Island homes for rent on AIRBNB

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Id like to offer the magazine Yes! Journalism For People Building A Better World as a great resource for radical ideas to shift the current path of many things but in this particular case, housing and vacation rentals. One thing they talk about in the.... Read all
Julienne Battalia: 70 Lopez Island homes for rent on AIRBNB

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10,917 views for this thread as of 05/10/18!. Thank you for keeping this conversation free of hostility..keep it moving forward into dinner conversations, cafe conversations, bakery conversations, ferry riding conversations, conversations with your.... Read all
Linda Hudson: 70 Lopez Island homes for rent on AIRBNB

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Thanks Sandy,

I do believe that we all need to work on the hearts and minds of our fellow islanders. Help those who have extra cabins or areas of their properties, see that these units could be offered to those who desperately need housing in.... Read all
Sandy Bishop: 70 Lopez Island homes for rent on AIRBNB

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When considering housing it is important to take a broad view. We need to consider the role of housing in relation to community resiliency. Recently I spoke with someone who consults with communities throughout the US on emergency preparedness. He is.... Read all
Julienne Battalia: 70 Lopez Island homes for rent on AIRBNB

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According to the LIFRC survey in winter 2018, there were 48 actively homeless persons on Lopez Island..meaning living in tents, shacks, with friends, family, etc. This does not include new persons to the island since then, or people who are now being.... Read all
Linda Hudson: 70 Lopez Island homes for rent on AIRBNB

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Yes, I totally agree that an inventory of affordable housing needs to be done.

I was on the homeless count team and I found it to be totally haphazard...we were supposed to go out and find homeless people on Lopez Island...how were we supposed to.... Read all
Dan Post: 70 Lopez Island homes for rent on AIRBNB

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Is there an inventory of affordable housing on the island to include things like the Apartments, the Lopez Community Land Trust neighborhoods, and Farm housing? Also there is planed housing project just south of the Skate Park. I know that many people.... Read all
Nathan Donnelly: 70 Lopez Island homes for rent on AIRBNB

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Unfortunately a lot of the low cost housing in county is under the radar because it would not meet govt. standards and people have had to do what they had to do. It's a bit of a grey market in other words.
When this was broached during a Ag.... Read all
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Is there an inventory of affordable housing on Lopez Island? How many units are there on Lopez and how many are needed?
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Other places are considering steeper taxes on non-resident real estate taxes as well, as somewhat of a deterrent, although it was only around 1%. Those funds go to funding affordable housing. I would still like to see something that moderates, more.... Read all
Paul White: 70 Lopez Island homes for rent on AIRBNB

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In some cities and counties that are experiencing this same problem the administrators are adopting a 30 day minimum for vacation rentals.
If this was adopted here I feel some absentee home owners would long term rent their properties as the average.... Read all
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Natalie Wilson: 70 Lopez Island homes for rent on AIRBNB

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Part of the problem with AIR BNB is any one with space can rent it out to anyone for what ever they think they can get for it.No liability insurance if someone hurt themselves.
The County charges an accommodation tax from businesses including.... Read all
Nathan Donnelly: 70 Lopez Island homes for rent on AIRBNB

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I think your situation John is exactly what we are talking about working towards, I have not heard anyone demonizing "outsiders” in this discussion.
Unfortunately vacation housing makes up closer to 43 percent of the total housing in the.... Read all
John Fox: 70 Lopez Island homes for rent on AIRBNB

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I find it ironic that people who aren't from here like to bash newcomers for the woes of Lopez. Nathan has a Nothern California cell phone. And many if not most people I have met moved here from somewhere else.

I have been coming here for 30.... Read all
Julienne Battalia: 70 Lopez Island homes for rent on AIRBNB

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In addition, for the 7 homes in Morgantown there was only a $110,000 mortgage divided by seven households and the coop is now free and clear of a mortgage. LCLT raised the other $400,000+ - in essence each member took on about 20% of the cost. LCLT also.... Read all
Julienne Battalia: 70 Lopez Island homes for rent on AIRBNB

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Most don't understand the Land Trust Model.So I will explain it here. I moved here in 1986 and lived in 9 rentals from 1986 till 1992.
I have lived in the Morgantown Coop for 24 years. Prior to building we payed a $1700 deposit, then my partner.... Read all
Julienne Battalia: 70 Lopez Island homes for rent on AIRBNB

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What about all the land in the San Juans that was given to the first settlers for free? All they had to do was farm it for 7 years?? We have such short memories. And what about all the First Nations from whom all this land was stolen? Perceptions and.... Read all
Nathan Donnelly: 70 Lopez Island homes for rent on AIRBNB

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Do you see an old fashioned way that still works on Lopez for those not coming in with off-island money?
San Juan county has the highest per-capita income in the state. And the lowest wages in the state.
I'm not sure how someone fresh out of.... Read all
Michael Hawk: 70 Lopez Island homes for rent on AIRBNB

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Is this possible? I wish somebody gave me big money to subsidize building my house. Sadly, I had to do it the old fashion way.
Julienne Battalia: 70 Lopez Island homes for rent on AIRBNB

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I would hope the County will one day realize the amazing resource of the LCLT and GIVE BIG MONEY for them to continue to build more OWNERSHIP of homes not rentals. I also live in a LCLT COOP. The 3 new homes though, are tiny 400SQ which is a very.... Read all
Natalie Wilson: 70 Lopez Island homes for rent on AIRBNB

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Regardinging Juliene Gesweld post about the $600 build your own Home . I think you are referring to the Lopez Community Land Trust who work hard for affordable housing. It is not subsidized housing. The Land Trust owns the land and the home owners help.... Read all
Adrienne Adams: 70 Lopez Island homes for rent on AIRBNB

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Thank you for your great comment, Nathan. Previous to the widespread availability of private rental units, there were very limited accommodations for visitors. There was the Islander, a few B&Bs, and limited vacation rentals and campsites. This limited.... Read all
Nathan Donnelly: 70 Lopez Island homes for rent on AIRBNB

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Well I didn't exactly say they would say no to more people, but it's widely acknowledged that, as things are, we are past capacity. When I was the County Parks Manager on San Juan, visitor over-use, whale watching, lack of camp sites, or.... Read all
Dan Post: 70 Lopez Island homes for rent on AIRBNB

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Nathan, you state:
“This gets into the discussion of if our natural areas and infrastructure can take the strain of a thousand visitors, or even fewer, averaged out over the summer. I think any public land manager will answer that with a universal.... Read all
Juliene Gschwend: 70 Lopez Island homes for rent on AIRBNB

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Ok, but please understand there are people in more categories than have been mentioned. I still think that being asked to help build a long-term subsidized rent house for yourself for $600/mo is a deal anywhere in WA State. It's being offered right.... Read all
Nathan Donnelly: 70 Lopez Island homes for rent on AIRBNB

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I believe most of them would go back home on the ferry, and probably most of them are already.
A good deal of folks are not so much asked, as advertised at, to visit our county. Mostly during the summer months that we are already past capacity for..... Read all
Dan Post: 70 Lopez Island homes for rent on AIRBNB

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I will put this out there to hopefully stimulate the conversation. Today every ferry to Lopez Island is completely booked for reservations. Tomorrow we will have probably over 1,000 visitors (Tour De Lopez) on our roads. All of these visitors have been.... Read all
Nathan Donnelly: 70 Lopez Island homes for rent on AIRBNB

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Thank you Julienne for bringing this subject up. At any given moment this is directly effecting hundreds of Lopezians, and everyone else indirectly. Housing is the warp the fabric of our community is woven from. Being a caretaker on the island, who is.... Read all
Julienne Battalia: 70 Lopez Island homes for rent on AIRBNB

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I have had several fruitful conversations with Lopezians, and I want to clarify that I understand fully the complexity of this issue, and it was not my intention to point a guilty a finger at anyone. I was and still am truly shocked there are so many.... Read all
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I see that the land trust has an ad right now for people who want to help build small houses that will rent for $600. It's not family housing, but try and find a deal like that in the city. Lopez in my opinion does very well in helping a significant.... Read all
Brenna Jael: 70 Lopez Island homes for rent on AIRBNB

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As someone who was forced to leave the island after 19 excellent years, my heart is still completely broken because I felt "kicked to the curb" by this supposedly compassionate community. Not only was I struggling along in primitive (affordable).... Read all
John Fox: 70 Lopez Island homes for rent on AIRBNB

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I agree that housing should be a priority for residents and that more should be built sooner rather than later. The area behind the post office is vast and I have often wondered why nothing is there?

I have friends with vacation rentals as well.... Read all
Colby White: 70 Lopez Island homes for rent on AIRBNB

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San Juan county is a vacation home paradise.
People looking for long term housing have difficulty because of the lack of high density affordable housing, and because people with summer homes choose to obtain cash flow by renting short term. Renting.... Read all
Julienne Battalia: 70 Lopez Island homes for rent on AIRBNB

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20 more homes on VRBO AND HOMEAWAY
John Fox: 70 Lopez Island homes for rent on AIRBNB

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Unfortunately this has been happening for the nearly 30 years I have been coming to Lopez. Sites like VRBO somehow managed to keep the peace but Airbnb is not only the Antichrist of the hospitality business but also an enemy of long term housing world.... Read all