Second Residence on Same Property
Where can you have a second residence on your property in rural Deschutes or Klamath County? We will talk a little bit about vacation rental by owner, ADUs, vacation homes tiny homes on your property.
I’ve had an influx of buyers over the last couple of years that are looking for that perfect place where they can buy a property, call it their home and have a secondary residence or dwelling that they can rent out as a vacation spot. Be it through one of your Airbnb, Vrbo websites, personally, what have you.
Where Can You Have 2 Homes on 1 Lot
These are allowed in certain cities in Central Oregon, but a lot of the times people are looking more at the rural Deschutes County area. That’s what we’re going to talk about today. In La Pine, the majority of the properties that you’ll see listed that are called La Pine are not within the city limits. They’re still in the zip code for La Pine, but the city of La Pine’s a very small area in comparison to what we call La Pine.
Oftentimes, a person coming from out of town isn’t going to really know that difference. In rural Deschutes County, outside of your city limits, the county is the entity that oversees the planning and development. When you find a one acre lot that has a home, and maybe a little studio or something on it, most of the time that’s not going have a kitchen or anything like that in it. Because in rural Deschutes County, you can only have one residence on a lot.
Does Size Matter
It doesn’t matter if that lot’s a 1/2 acre or 10 acres, it’s one resident per lot, because that’s how the planning is for the county. Will you find things with two homes on them? Absolutely. Usually far and few between. You’ll usually find a home, and then maybe a single-wide manufactured home, or maybe a little apartment on the back of a garage or shop. Some of these were done with permits and were done 100% above board, so to speak.
Often times there had been an elderly couple that owned the home. They got to the point of needing care, the county gave them a hardship to allow them to put a secondary residence on that property for a caregiver to reside and care for them. As soon as that hardships gone, meaning that the people sell, or pass, or get better, that area that was a secondary residence by rule needs to be converted back into like a bunk house. Meaning you can’t have a full kitchen or that type of thing in it.
Most vacation rentals, they’re gonna want a kitchen. Most rentals are going to want a kitchen. Building something like this, or trying to buy something where you’re going to have guests come and pay to stay on your property, there are a lot of rules and regulations to that.
Check Before You Buy
Before you think you can do that, check in with the county, double check in with the county, and triple check in with the county is what’s in your best interest. Because you don’t want to buy a property thinking you can have a rental on only to find out you can’t. If you have any questions I’d be happy to guide you in the right direction, show you the difference on the county website and so forth. Feel free to reach out to me.