Dear Community Associations,
Just around the corner is 2023, so…Happy New year! Here’s a new licensing requirement!
The City and County of Denver.
Might as well start the new year off with a bang! There are two updates to the Denver Revised Municipal Code (DRMC) Ordinance that provide new licensing requirements for long-term rentals in Denver County, which are in addition to the current requirements for short-term rentals.
- The new licensing process for long-term rentals is being introduced in two phases, based on the type of community.
- The first requirement, which goes into effect on 1/1/2023, applies to apartment complexes and multi-unit homes, and likely doesn’t impact community associations.
- The second requirement, which goes into effect on 1/1/2024, applies to single family homes, rowhouses and condominiums, which will impact community associations.
- The new provision doesn’t define long-term rental, but DRMC Section 33-46(6) defines short-term rental as “a period of less than thirty (30) consecutive days.”
So, it is likely that a long-term rental means any property rented for a period of more than thirty consecutive days.
- What does this mean for community associations?
- It means any lot/unit owner will be required to obtain a long-term rental license from the City and County of Denver in order to rent his/her/their lot/unit for a period longer than thirty consecutive days.
- The new license requirement does not replace the requirements for short-term rentals, so lot/unit owners should be aware of and review the requirements for short-term rental licenses (DRMC 33-46 through 33-55).
- How do you get a long-term rental license?
- Lot/unit owners submit an application and schedule an inspection, which must be done by a qualified inspector. Helpful information for the process can be found here: https://www.denvergov.org/Government/Agencies-Departments-Offices/Agencies-Departments-Offices-Directory/Business-Licensing/Business-Licenses/Residential-rental-property
- Something to note: an inspection is only good for 90 days once the application is submitted, so if any lot/unit owners wish to rent their property in 2024, they should start the licensing process several months before 1/1/2024
**One last note: the community association does NOT enforce the code or the licensing requirements, that is the responsibility of the City and County of Denver.**
If you have any questions on the above or regarding rental licensing in Denver County, please contact any of our Altitude attorneys at [email protected] or (303) 432-9999.