SANTA FE – Four city councilors are proposing city ordinance changes that would allow residential property owners to rent out up to two dwellings on a single lot and not have to live there themselves, essentially permitting two rentals on property zoned for single-family units.
A Santa Fe homeowner currently can rent out an “accessory dwelling” like a casita or guest house, but only if the owner lives in the main house — a provision advocates say protects the single-family character of residential neighborhoods.
There is a caveat in how the proposed changes would allow absentee owners to rent out both a house and an accessory dwelling. The leases for both units would have to be for a minimum of 30 days, discouraging their use as vacation rentals.
Owner-occupants would still be permitted to rent out a casita as a short-term vacation rental.