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.
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Building enough housing to address the needs of locals in our community will take years. However, an immediate solution is to convert some of the thousands of existing vacation rentals on the market into long term rentals for locals. Join the RENT LOCAL program and bring immediate stability to the Big Sky community by providing local residents with a secure home. BSCHT partnered with Landing Locals to facilitate property rentals. RENT LOCAL provides:
Partnership and rental opportunities with local employers.
Screening of local workers to find reliable tenants.
Reduction of traffic and emissions as commuter travel from Bozeman is reduced.
A la carte and affordable property management services.
Alternative Housing Options for Owners’ Big Sky Visits
Three Ways to Join the RENT LOCAL Program:
BSCHT partnered with Landing Locals to assist second homeowners with long-term rentals. Landing Locals saves owners valuable time by screening hundreds of potential tenants due to Big Sky and Bozeman’s 0% long-term rental vacancy markets. Click the button below to make the switch to hosting local essential workers in your Big Sky property.
Loan your vacation home for a few weeks to other condo owners renting full-time to Big Sky locals. Your home share donation allows other owners to both rent their unit long-term and visit the mountains they love. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to notify BSCHT of your home’s availability. All owners will be reimbursed cleaning fees.
FUND INCENTIVE PROGRAM
In 2020, BSCHT converted nine vacation units and needs to significantly increase this conversion rate as over 150 locals are on our rental waiting list. BSCHT now offers discounted property management services. BSCHT is also exploring cash incentives for owners who remove their units from the vacation market and commit to a one-year lease with local workers.
“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
Not Just a Ski Bum Problem: Big Sky’s Lack of Affordable Housing Inventory Hurts Local Small Businesses
In a town that’s home to almost 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 because I don’t have enough staff.”
Omania, who has owned Lotus Pad for 14 years, operated all 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.
Like many business owners, Desmarais and Omania strive to create a community, but housing demands continue to plague their success.