City of Asheville Submitted: February 3, 2020 | Updated: April 7, 2020

(February 2020) Request for City of Asheville, NC Grandfathered Short Term Rentals info

Hi City of Asheville, NC Government,

I would like to make a public records request for the following:

Please provide a list of any and all grandfathered Short Term Rentals, or STRs that have been allowed and approved which did not or do not meet the Homestay requirements (such as not having owner/applicant residing on property, etc).

Additionally, I would like to request the criteria under which those grandfather exceptions occurred and whether that was made available to all parties who received violation notices regarding STRs.

The above requests should include all responsive information from June 01, 2015 - January 26, 2020.

Thank you for your assistance!

Editor’s Note: Sunshine Request makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.

Status: Completed

Activity:

  • April 7, 2020 4:05 pm

    3 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Terry White <[email protected]>
    date: Apr 7, 2020, 4:05 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (February 2020) Request for City of Asheville, NC Grandfathered Short Term Rentals info

     

    Good afternoon Terry,

     

    We have marked this request as completed. Thank you for your help!

     

    We appreciate your assistance,
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Completed
  • April 7, 2020 3:48 pm

    3 months ago

    from: Terry White <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Apr 7, 2020, 3:48 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (February 2020) Request for City of Asheville, NC Grandfathered Short Term Rentals info

     

    Dear Sunshine Request:

     

    The City of Asheville does not have additional answers to the questions asked by the requester.

     

    In January 2018, the city council adopted an ordinance that limited STVRs to property zoned as Resort. At that time, any permitted STVR, regardless of zoning district, was grandfathered and was allowed to continue operating. As long as the homeowner keeps the permit current, they will be able to operate their STVR in perpetuity. If they let their permit lapse then they will not be able to get a new permit and can no longer operate an STVR.

     

    There has been no study to see if the grandfathered STVRs meet the Homestay requirements, as STVR requirements are completely different from Homestay requirements. If someone lets their STVR permit lapse, and if they live in a properly zoned area, and they meet all homestay requirements then they could apply for a Homestay permit, but not a STVR permit. I hope that makes sense.

     

    There is no other information about STVR permits issued prior to 2018 or grandfathered on that date.
    All best,

    Teresa L. (Terry) White
    City of Asheville
    City Clerk’s Office
    Public Records Officer
    828.259.5631
    Office Hours: M-F: 8:00 am — 4:30 pm
    pronouns: she/her/hers


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • April 3, 2020 2:34 pm

    3 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Terry White <[email protected]>
    date: Apr 3, 2020, 2:34 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (February 2020) Request for City of Asheville, NC Grandfathered Short Term Rentals info

     

    Good afternoon Terry,

     

    We received a follow up request related to a now completed request (found at https://www.sunshinerequest.com/records_request/february-2020-request-for-city-of-asheville-nc-grandfathered-short-term-rentals-info/). We have now reopened the request.

     

    Please confirm receipt to let us know the request will begin processing, and if possible, please provide a rough estimate of when the request may be completed. We will plan on following up again around that time.

     

    Here are the details of the request:

     

    Subject: (March 2020) “Follow up” submission related to Grandfathered STRs that DID NOT meet Homestay requirements

     

    Message:
    “Hi City of Asheville, NC Government,

     

    This is a follow up request related to a Completed request [(February 2020) Request for City of Asheville, NC Grandfathered Short Term Rentals info] found here. I’d like to ask that the request be “reopened” and updated, to now include the following (3 requests below). The previous request asked for:

     

    “Please provide a list of any and all grandfathered Short Term Rentals, or STRs that have been allowed and approved which did not or do not meet the Homestay requirements (such as not having owner/applicant residing on property, etc).

     

    Additionally, I would like to request the criteria under which those grandfather exceptions occurred and whether that was made available to all parties who received violation notices regarding STRs.

     

    The above requests should include all responsive information from June 01, 2015 – January 26, 2020.”

     

    I feel that the questions have not been fully answered. Specifically,

     

    “Please provide a list of any and all grandfathered Short Term Rentals, or STRs that have been allowed and approved which did not or do not meet the Homestay requirements (such as not having owner/applicant residing on property, etc).”

     

    This question is referring to Grandfathered Short Term rentals that DID NOT MEET the homestay requirements, yet were permanently considered OK and grandfathered, while others were not allowed that same status, or even given the opportunity to be.

     

    1. Please provide the “who” or “why” of such statuses being granted.

     

    I also feel that the responsive documents, and response from Terry, did not answer the question, but seemed to refer to more recent grandfathering of properties that DID meet the Homestay requirements.

     

    From Terry – “STVRs were grandfathered if they were operating with a permit in 2018. The records that I provided to you on February 14, 2020, are the only records responsive to your request.”

     

    The request was for ones that DID NOT (such as not having the owner on site and living in part of the dwelling….no stoves, etc).

     

    2. I’d like to request that you please provide a list of any and all grandfathered Short Term Rentals, or STRs that have been allowed and approved which did not or do not meet the Homestay requirements (such as not having owner/applicant residing on property, etc).

     

    3. Additionally, I would like to request the criteria under which those grandfather exceptions occurred and whether that was made available to all parties who received violation notices regarding STRs.

     

    I’d like to update the above requests to now include all responsive information from June 01, 2015 – March 27, 2020.”

     

    ** Sunshine Request makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.

     

    Thank you for your assistance!
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Sent to Government
  • March 6, 2020 4:00 pm

    4 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Terry White <[email protected]>
    date: Mar 6, 2020, 4:00 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (February 2020) Request for City of Asheville, NC Grandfathered Short Term Rentals info

     

    Good afternoon Terry,

     

    Thank you for your help with this request. We’ve marked it as completed on our site!

     

    We appreciate your assistance,
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Completed
  • March 2, 2020 10:23 am

    4 months ago

    from: Terry White <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Mar 2, 2020, 10:23 AM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (February 2020) Request for City of Asheville, NC Grandfathered Short Term Rentals info

     

    Dear Sunshine Request:
    STVRs were grandfathered if they were operating with a permit in 2018.
    The records that I provided to you on February 14, 2020, are the only records responsive to your request.
    All best,

    Teresa L. (Terry) White | Office Hours:
    City of Asheville | Monday – Wednesday: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
    City Clerk’s Office | Thursday: Off
    Public Records Officer | Friday: 7:00 am – 4:30 pm
    828.259.5631
    pronouns: she/her/hers


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • February 24, 2020 10:44 am

    4 months ago

    from: Terry White <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Feb 21, 2020, 10:44 AM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (February 2020) Request for City of Asheville, NC Grandfathered Short Term Rentals info

     

    Good morning, Sunshine Request:
    I have received your public records request. I will forward your request for information to the appropriate person(s) for processing. Once processing is complete, I will forward you any responsive records. In the meantime, please let me know if you have other questions.
    The City of Asheville responds to email requests in the order within which they are received. This request is number one in the email queue. I will send you any responsive emails once my review is complete. In the meantime, please let me know if you have any questions.
    All best,

    Teresa L. (Terry) White | Office Hours:
    City of Asheville | Monday – Wednesday: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
    City Clerk’s Office | Thursday: Off
    Public Records Officer | Friday: 7:00 am – 4:30 pm
    828.259.5631
    pronouns: she/her/hers


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • February 20, 2020 2:26 pm

    4 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Terry White <[email protected]>
    date: Feb 20, 2020, 2:26 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (February 2020) Request for City of Asheville, NC Grandfathered Short Term Rentals info

     

    Good afternoon Terry,

     

    We received a follow up request related to a now completed request (found at https://www.sunshinerequest.com/records_request/february-2020-request-for-city-of-asheville-nc-grandfathered-short-term-rentals-info/). We have now reopened the request.

     

    Please confirm receipt to let us know the request will begin processing, and if possible, please provide a rough estimate of when the request may be completed. We will plan on following up again around that time.

     

    Here are the details of the request:

     

    Subject: (February 2020) Follow up request related to “Criteria applied to Grandfathered Short Term Rentals” in Asheville, NC

     

    Message: “Hello City of Asheville, NC Government,

     

    I would like to submit a follow up request for public information related to a now Completed February 2020 request for “City of Asheville, NC Grandfathered Short Term Rentals info”.

     

    I don’t believe that the request was fully answered / completed. Specifically:

     

    “I would like to request the criteria under which those grandfathered Short Term Rental exceptions occurred and whether that was made available to all parties who received violation notices regarding STRs.”

     

    To clarify, I’d also like to now request that you please provide emails or other correspondence with any criteria lists and what exceptions were made (such as not having to have an owner / host present on site, having more than 2BRs, having stove, etc).

     

    Please also provide information about where this info. was posted online or how it was made equally available to all persons who received letters to terminate their STRs.

     

    The information requested should include responsive records during the time period of June 01, 2015 to February 15, 2020.”

     

    ** Sunshine Request makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.

     

    Thank you,
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Sent to Government
  • February 14, 2020 2:23 pm

    4 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Terry White <[email protected]>
    date: Feb 14, 2020, 2:23 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (February 2020) Request for City of Asheville, NC Grandfathered Short Term Rentals info

     

    Good afternoon Terry,

     

    Thank you for your help with this request! We have marked it as completed.

     

    Have a good weekend,
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Completed
  • February 14, 2020 9:08 am

    4 months ago

    from: Terry White <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Feb 14, 2020, 9:08 AM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (February 2020) Request for City of Asheville, NC Grandfathered Short Term Rentals info

     

    Dear Sunshine Request:
    Here is the record responsive to your request.
    Please let me know if you have other questions.
    All best,
    Terry

     

    **Editor’s Note: Please see referenced file at top left in documents


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • February 5, 2020 1:59 pm

    5 months ago

    from: Terry White <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    date: Feb 5, 2020, 1:59 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (February 2020) Request for City of Asheville, NC Grandfathered Short Term Rentals info

     

    Dear Sunshine Request:
    I have received your public records request and will forward it to the appropriate person(s) for processing. Once processing is complete, I will forward you any responsive records. In the meantime, please let me know if you have questions.
    All best,
    Terry


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • February 5, 2020 1:01 pm

    5 months ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: Terry White <[email protected]>
    date: Feb 5, 2020, 1:01 PM
    subject: Records Request: (February 2020) Request for City of Asheville, NC Grandfathered Short Term Rentals info

     

    Good afternoon Terry,

     

    We’ve received a new public records request via our website www.sunshinerequest.com for information that may be available in your office.

     

    Please confirm receipt to let us know the request will begin processing, and if possible, please provide a rough estimate of when the request may be completed. We will plan on following up again around that time.

     

    Here are the details of the request:

     

    Subject: (February 2020) Request for City of Asheville, NC Grandfathered Short Term Rentals info

     

    Message: “Hi City of Asheville, NC Government,

     

    I would like to make a public records request for the following:

     

    Please provide a list of any and all grandfathered Short Term Rentals, or STRs that have been allowed and approved which did not or do not meet the Homestay requirements (such as not having owner/applicant residing on property, etc).

     

    Additionally, I would like to request the criteria under which those grandfather exceptions occurred and whether that was made available to all parties who received violation notices regarding STRs.

     

    The above requests should include all responsive information from June 01, 2015 – January 26, 2020.

     

    Thank you for your assistance!”

     

    ** Sunshine Request makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.

     

    Thank you for your help!
    Sunshine Request


    Status: Sent to Government
  • February 3, 2020 2:45 pm

    5 months ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending