RENT LOCAL

Building enough housing to address the needs of Big Sky’s workforce will take years, but an immediate solution is to convert existing vacation rentals into long-term rentals for locals.

RENT LOCAL

Join the NEW program. Earn extra cash. Make a difference.

If you rent your home long-term to local workers, Big Sky Community Housing Trust will give you up to $14,500.

 

LEASING OPTIONS & CASH PAYMENTS

Thank you Resort Tax and Spanish Peaks Community Foundation for funding the Pilot RENT LOCAL Incentive Program.

WHY RENT LOCAL

1. Help local employers and workers. Gallatin county is experiencing a worker shortage because there is nowhere for employees to live. By renting local, you bring economic stability to local business owners.

2. Reduce traffic and pollution. Currently, 78% of Big Sky’s workforce commutes from neighboring communities at least 40 miles away.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What if I want to rent my unit furnished?

It’s not a problem! We can work with your preferences regarding furnishings.

What should I charge for rent?

A one-bedroom unit should not exceed $1,750 per month in rent. Rent for a multi-bedroom unit can range from $900 to $1,400 per bedroom per month. Acceptable rental rates for the Pilot RENT LOCAL Incentive Program are dependent on condition of the unit, number of bedrooms, utilities included, and other amenities offered. BSCHT reserves the right to decline rewards to owners charging more than a fair-market rate.

What other property management services do you offer?

Whether you need to save valuable time by letting RENT LOCAL screen hundreds of potential tenants or just need a professional on the ground to occasionally inspect your property, RENT LOCAL can create a service that fits your needs.

View A La Carte Property Management services.

What if I still want to visit Big Sky?

RENT LOCAL and visit the mountains you love with the HOME SHARE program. HOME SHARE allows property owners participating in the RENT LOCAL program to enjoy alternative accommodations while visiting Big Sky for short stays.

HOME SHARE rules:

  1. HOME SHARE is available to homeowners participating in RENT LOCAL for two weeks per year. Homeowners must be renting to locals for a minimum of one-year in order to be eligible for a HOME SHARE property.
  2. The cost for homeowners renting long-term to borrow a HOME SHARE property is $500 per week. This fee is paid to the HOME SHARE property owner to cover utility usage and cleaning expenses. BSCHT does not cover the $500 fee. Homeowners renting long-term are responsible for the $500 fee.
  3. Alternatively, homeowners may offer their tenants the option to HOME SHARE when signing the lease. The lease must contain a clause that the tenants agree to vacate the property for a max of two weeks per year. The tenant is not charged rent for the weeks the owner visits. Overall monthly rent for the year is discounted 5% to incentivize tenants to accept this hardship. (Tenants secure their own alternative accommodations in exchange for reduced monthly rent.)
  4. Visits over major holidays require eight months notification and are not guaranteed.

Three Ways to Join the RENT LOCAL Program:

RENT LOCAL

Save time. Because of a lack of inventory, hundreds compete for a handful of properties. Let local professionals do the heavy lifting and screen the many applicants.

HOME SHARE

Loan your vacation home for a few weeks to BSCHT.  Your HOME SHARE donation allows other homeowners to both rent their unit long-term and visit the mountains they love. 

 MAKE A DONATION

Many local business owners struggle to hire and remain open because there’s nowhere for their employees to live. Your donation helps BSCHT create programs to  increase rental inventory. 

Not Just a Ski Bum Problem: a Lack of Homes Hurts Local Small Businesses

In a town that’s home to as many dogs as people, veterinary services seem essential. But even essential businesses like Dr. Sydney Desmarais’ struggle to keep employees because there’s nowhere to live.

Since opening Lone Peak Veterinary Hospital in 2017, Desmarais has struggled to find support staff. In 2019, it took five months to replace an employee that moved to Helena for cheaper housing. To survive, Desmarais supplemented her staff with relief technicians from Bozeman and Butte, an expensive option because of travel costs. In 2020, three more technicians turned down her job offers after they could not find housing.

Desmarais’ story is not unique. “Right now it’s a scramble. Businesses are forced to fight for employees,” Alex Omania, owner of the restaurant Lotus Pad, said. “We had to close two days a week [last summer] because I don’t have enough staff.”

Omania, who has owned Lotus Pad for 14 years, operated the summer of 2020 with a skeleton crew of six in her kitchen. She wanted to hire 12. Consequently, her online reviews tanked as patrons experienced long waits, and her business lost $45,000 a month because it could not remain open daily.

In 2021, Omani continues to feel this pinch. To add to her stress, she recently faced an eviction when Omania’s landlord turned her home into a vacation rental. Thankfully, Omani found temporary housing, but she has had to put her dream of homeownership aside, yet again, as the cost to purchase continues to climb above her means.

Like many business owners, Desmarais and Omania strive to create a community, but housing demands continue to plague their success.

“To keep employees in Big Sky, you need to build housing for your staff, but I don’t even own a house. I can’t afford a house.”

~Dr. Sydney Desmarais

Contact Details

Office: (406) 995-3696

Address:
1700 Lone Mountain Trail
PO Box 160164
Big Sky, MT 59716

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