Ventnor has much in common with Brigantine. Both shore towns border the cannabis / casino mecca known as Atlantic City. Both towns also overrun with invasive AirBnB and short-term rentals (STR’s).
It’s not fun watching your neighborhood turned into a ‘motel party zone’. Thanks to AirBnB and other short-term rental operations.Retired in Brigantine
The following features excerpts and findings from Anne H. Phillips of the Brigantine Taxpayers Association.
Back in 2017, Brigantine City Council passed a comprehensive set of laws that provide a legal foundation to address and prevent today’s STR situation.
Now Summer 2023, Brigantine still holds dubious honor of being one of the last shore towns to not have enforceable STR regulations. To date, Brigantine still allows commercial use of homes in a single-family residential zone.
Short-Term-Rentals, also known as STR’s, diminish quality of life in residential neighborhoods.Brigantine Real Estate Exec.
Brigantine residents frustrated by Mayor Vince Sera’s inaction with short-term rentals.
PUBLIC COMMENT: Brigantine’s rookie City Manager, Tiger Platt along with Councilman Dennis Haney both need to address weak code enforcement and quality of life issues related to disruptive short-term rentals. As a former Brigantine Fire Chief, Platt should discuss critical safety issues related to high-turnover STR’s. These short-term rentals are not required to follow stricter hotel or motel level safety measures.
After months of public comment, Ventnor took a baby step an enacted a relatively weak, 3-night rental minimum. (A 7 night rental minimum is becoming the Jersey Shore standard.)
Brigantine taking longer than most to come to grips with the AirBnB problem.
Brigantine STR red flags.
- No minimum of rental nights required (should be 7)
- No age requirements. (should be 25+)
- No criminal background check?
- Ordinance may allow sub-leasing of property.
- City Manager unaware of total # of STR properties.
Does Brigantine know how many total properties are being used as STRs?
Brigantine City Manager Tiger Platt and Mayor Vince Sera should have those figures.
Add these up. 5 main ways to rent a Brigantine short-term rental property.
- Real Estate agent deals.
- Private rentals.
- Websites that market properties.
Short-term rentals are big business in Brigantine. Active rentals made through AirBnB and VRBO averaged a total of 740 properties as of July 4, 2023. This number doesn’t include rentals transacted by local real estate offices and those rented privately.
According to AirDNA, the top property managers in Brigantine have 50+ listings for commercial STR use.
Why doesn’t Brigantine enforce local ordinance that’s been in effect for 6+ years?
Mayor Sera slow-walking issue. Hand-selected, ‘stakeholder committee’ to discuss further.
Brigantine’s Mayor Vince Sera admits his city rarely enforces current law to it’s full potential.
Neighbors use the term animal house when describing STR’s. Brigantine Zoning & Code enforcement calls them resort houses; residentially styled structure used, maintained, marketed, promoted and/or advertised as destination location available for rent, lease or sub-lease for gathering of invited guests for functions and special events.
A resort house is a commercial use appropriate only in areas zoned for hotel/motel use. Never has been permitted as a legal use under existing Brigantine ordinance standards.
Changes and improvements that need to be addressed within Brigantine City Hall:
- Inadequate rental license application process
- No follow-up on use of license
- Lack of law knowledge by employees
- Inadequate record-keeping; communication w/ public, inter-department.
- Need for additional fees and employees regarding rentals.
Brigantine resident Andrea Sullivan deserves thanks for getting the facts, alerting the public and questioning City Council about these illegal commercial activities within residential neighborhoods.
Commercial activities in a residential zone should not be permitted. Those violating local law via STR, tarnish Brigantine’s reputation as a great place to live, visit and invest.
Thanks to Anne H. Phillips of the Brigantine Taxpayers Association.