Bridgewater Officials Debate New AirBnB Ordinance
Summertime in New Jersey is almost over. This means it’s everybody and their mother’s last chance, to get in a weekend or two of fun in the Jersey sun. However, for one Central Jersey town, weekend partying is the topic of debate. As Bridgewater is looking to crack down on weekend travelers using AirBnB and other similar sites.
From mycentraljersey.com The vacation property rental service is under fire from the town of Bridgewater. As residents have filed multiple complaints to town officials. The Council passed a vote this past Thursday to move the potential ordinance forward to a public hearing and possible final vote. Though what does this ordinance entail?
Well, it would require those looking to rent their properties on Airbnb or other short-term rental sites to have a minimum rental period of no less than 30 days!
One property is in the spotlight a house on Gateshead Drive in Bridgewater that is often rented short-term because of its pool and is used for weakened parties.
According to the complaint actions like these disrupt the quiet neighborhood. The rental property is referred to as the Gateshead Hotel because of the amount of in and out renters. I think this is a bit ridiculous, I understand if this was a problem for all short-term renters, but it really isn’t. So limiting all AirBnB renters to that month-long ordinance wouldn’t be fair.
So council members are also trying to pump the brakes, Council President Michael Kirsh, commented that while action does need to be taken. They want to make sure appropriate measures are enacted.
This reflection would hopefully ensure that a few problem properties, don’t hurt other short-term renters and businesses in the area. The possible vote on the final adoption will be held on Aug. 17.
Without having knowledge of why the residents complained I think this is an issue with renters not respecting the community they are coming into and vice versa. There is a balance that needs to be maintained and I don’t think a 30-day ordinance is the answer.