Amid housing crises vacation towns limit short-term rentals

A motorist passes through a hillside community on Aug. 4 in Steamboat Springs, Colo. The city council passed a rule in June that could prove to be a model for other vacation towns: A ban on new short-term rentals in most of the city and a ballot measure to tax bookings at 9% to fund affordable housing. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)

Sean Bailey stands outside the mobile home where he rents a room on Aug. 4 in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Bailey, who moved to Steamboat Springs in 2019, has been on a waitlist for three years to get one of Steamboat’s affordable housing apartments. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)

Sean Bailey sits in his bedroom on Aug. 4 in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Bailey, who moved to Steamboat Springs in 2019, has been on a waitlist for three years to get one of Steamboat’s affordable housing apartments. He says the 12-foot-by-12-foot space serves as his living room, dining room, den and office. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — In the Colorado ski town of Steamboat Springs, motels line the freeway, once filled with tourists eager to pitch down the slopes or bathe in the local hot springs.