Whitefish Stops Short of Enacting Emergency Embargo on New Vacation Rentals

As tourist towns across the intermountain west grapple with a workforce housing shortage, local municipalities have begun taking a hard look at what tools are on hand to better regulate and enforce a short-term rental industry run amok.

From fabled resort destinations like Vail and Breckenridge in Colorado to newly discovered tourist hubs like Dillon, Montana, the proliferation of short-term rentals has become synonymous with the worsening affordable housing crisis, even if there’s a growing consensus that the booming vacation-rental market is more a symptom of the problem than its source.