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April 8: County sets enforcement for short-term rental prohibition

Post Date:04/08/2020 12:53 PM

On April 6, the Deschutes County Board of Commissioners determined how the county will enforce its recent order prohibiting short-term rental stays of less than 30 days in rural, unincorporated areas of Deschutes County. 

The order, which is intended to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by eliminating non-essential travel, includes short-term rentals in Sunriver, Black Butte Ranch, Eagle Crest, Pronghorn, Tetherow and other rentals in the unincorporated areas of Deschutes County.  

Effective Friday, April 10, renters and property owners who violate the short-term rental order may be subject to either criminal prosecution as a Class C misdemeanor under a public health order, or a civil code enforcement penalty of up to $1,000 per day. The civil code enforcement penalty can be imposed against adults renting a property and/or adults with an ownership interest (other than a security interest) in the rental property. 

The short-term rental order does not prohibit reservations needed for permitted essential travel, including reservations needed for health, safety or employment. 

If neighbors have a known violation related to the use of short-term rentals, they can call the non-emergency Deschutes County dispatch number at 541-693-6911 to report the violation. Complaints will be reviewed by the appropriate local law enforcement agency and investigated, if necessary.  

Please do not contact the Sunriver Owners Association or Sunriver Police Department about the order. To read the order document, find more information and frequently asked questions, visit the Deschutes County website:

Any Sunriver property owners who have registered their rental property with Deschutes County will have been notified by the county of the original Order and the enforcement thereof

Penalties will remain in effect until May 15, unless sooner terminated or extended by Board Order. 

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PLEASE NOTE: All information is subject to change as we are attempting to be very flexible due to the nature of the situation.

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