Cherry Creek homeowner drops lawsuit over short-term rental license denial

The Cherry Creek home in question, located at 464 Adams St. (Libby Flood)

The first Denver homeowner to sue the city over a denied short-term rental application has moved to dismiss the lawsuit.

The motion to dismiss filed Aug. 28 in Denver District Court states that plaintiff Karyn Contino “has elected to pursue relief in a different form.”

Neither Contino nor her attorney, Phillip Khalife of Frascona Joiner Goodman & Greenstein, responded to a request for comment Tuesday.

Contino sued the city’s Department of Excise and Licenses earlier in August over its decision not to renew the short-term rental license for Contino’s home at 464 Adams St. in Denver on the grounds that it isn’t Contino’s primary residence.

Karyn Contino (Slifer Smith & Frampton)

Contino, a real estate agent with Breckenridge firm Slifer Smith & Frampton, said in her lawsuit that she lives in her Cherry Creek home from September through May and spends summers in Breckenridge to “escape the summer heat.”

She said in the lawsuit that she is registered to vote in Denver and that all of her “personal services” occur in Denver. She claimed that she uses a Breckenridge P.O. box “to receive mail in a secure location” because mail has been stolen from the mailbox of her Cherry Creek home.

The Breckenridge P.O. box was the basis of the city’s denial. Contino’s order of denial stated that her original short-term rental application, driver’s license, utility bills and voter registration all list the Breckenridge P.O. box as her mailing address.

Contino said in the lawsuit that she was never asked to sign an affidavit confirming her primary residence, and would be willing to do so. The lawsuit had asked the court to set aside the department’s denial and order the department to hold a hearing on whether the home is her primary residence.

Excise and Licenses spokesman Eric Escudero told BusinessDen last month that Contino was sent a primary residence affidavit to sign on May 13, but did not sign it. He added that Contino did not appeal the decision within 10 business days of the license denial, which would have resulted in a hearing on the matter.

Denver’s primary residence requirement is also behind several recent felony charges against homeowners suspected of violating the provision. Those cases are ongoing.

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