Ventnor property owners who rent their homes on a short-term basis, may soon be required to obtain a mercantile license.
The proposed ordinance was introduced at the Dec. 13 Ventnor Commissioners meeting.
Ventnor Commissioners want to track & regulate short-term rentals.
Over-crowding, noise and other, unruly renter behavior may hopefully be curtailed by this ordinance.
The Ventnor mercantile / rental fee would be $100 per year and will force property owners to provide personal contact info.
If adopted, the ordinance will affect all rental leases shorter than 30 days. This could include all those who rent privately, use a real estate agent, or utilize online platforms like AirBnB and VRBO.
If property owners consistently lease to unruly and nuisance renters. Ventnor Commissioners want the ability to revoke the rental mercantile license.
Repeat offenders will no longer be able to offer their property for short-term rentals.
If passed, the ordinance will prohibit operate a rental business for less than 30 days without first obtaining a mercantile license.
The Ventnor mercantile rental license will allow the Ventnor code enforcement officers to access the property to determine compliance. Violations are subject to fines.