Capacity constraints limit city’s short-term rental data

Lingering questions surround Missoula’s short-term rental landscape, but limited capacity threatens to thwart the city’s efforts to continue exploring the situation at the local level.

On July 21, city officials reported short-term rentals account for less than 2% of Missoula housing stock. Nevertheless, the 445 listings found by the city’s software represent a 25% increase in the number of short-term listings since early 2020.

This city chart shows concentrations of short-term rentals throughout the city. 

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In order to keep tabs on that data, the city will have to make a significant investment in continuing to study local short-term rentals.

“Our primary takeaway and next step in this work is to continue to closely monitor the short-term rental landscape in Missoula and to collect more local qualitative data to better understand what’s happening on the ground,” said Montana James, the city’s deputy director of community development, during a committee meeting Wednesday.

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But the city’s contract with the software provider responsible for tracking short-term rentals is no longer active,

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