Officials in Ventnor City are thrilled that vacationers are interested in spending time by visiting the city for it's closeness to NJ's gambling mecca and the shore. Folks can view home-sharing sites such as Airhub to find homes that they can rent on a short term basis. The problem arises when these renters show up in a bus or multiple vehicles with plenty of extra mattresses. This can result in parties that have resulted in gun violence so city officials have found the need to tighten the leash on landlords renting their properties.
Ventnor City officials as of 2/1/2019 are requiring home owners that rent out their homes for less than 30 days apply for a mercantile license that will cost them a $100 annual fee. This new measure will enable short-term rentals be treated as a business providing the city with a record of those homes which are likely to have vacationers every so often. This will allow officials an easy way to find the owner and to hold them accountable in the event there is serious trouble or complaints.
According to Police Chief Biagi who told NJ 101.5 that it's going to put the onus on the property's owner who will then be more leary of whom they are renting their homes to. He also stated that 95% of Ventnor's properties that are up for grabs on home-sharing sites present no issues, thus only a few create issues.
A 12 bedroom home rented through Airhub on New Year's Eve had close to 100 people inside for a party that night that ended with a man being shot.
According to Mayor Beth Holtzman this move is for the best interest of the city's residents and not about over-regulating. A certificate of occupancy is also required if you rent your property for a term lasting more than 3 days (72 hours).
A spokesperson for Northeast Airhub, Liz DeBold Fusco said that Airhub supports regulations, although they will differ from town to town. Airhub's concern is that those regulations protect local hosts the right to share their home while making a little extra money for themselves. She also said that Airhub has worked with numerous towns to help establish their regulatory framework.
Short-term rentals in nearby Brigantine are treated just like any other rental, requiring the owner to register the property including a $150 annual fee. They are also exploring developing "specific" rules for all short-term rentals.
New Jersey's property owners that used Airhub attracted more than 743,000 guest arrivals through 2018 resulting in $133.6 million in earnings............
Make sure you check with your local municipality before you decide to rent your home so that you are compliant with all the new regulations that are occurring.........