Short-term rentals run afoul of regulation

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County prompted to rethink the rules

By Vicky Gits

For example, Keith and Rebecca Briggs own five houses in the Evergreen area and rent them short-term to vacationers and wedding guests. The business is labor intensive, not very lucrative and also violates existing zoning regulations in Jefferson County. But they are far from alone.

Like the Briggses, dozens of homeowners from Upper Bear Creek to Conifer are part of a growing underground hospitality industry in which individual owners are renting out their houses on a short-term basis for profit.

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