When you have guests here for one night, they’re not a benefit to this town, says Ventnor Commissioner Lance Landgraf. They’re not going to our restaurants. Instead, they’re going to Atlantic City for a show or they’re renting the house out for a party. That’s not what we want.
Ventnor Commissioners Public Comment from Aug 25, 2022. Watch video.
Those who disagree with Landgraf: She’s a short-term rental (STR) owner / realtor and has strong opinions about property rights as long as people are not breaking the law, they should be able to do what they want with their property. We have a very short season. I need to rent winter weekends. I can’t rent for a week. Even three days is hard. That hurts our businesses.
Requiring a minimum stay isn’t going to change anything about violators.Rental Owner Public Comment
Realtor/STR owner: I don’t mean to be disrespectful, but for me, I would like to see some evidence of these issues. I’d like to see some pictures, some police reports. What I’m hearing is very subjective. I was speaking with a woman online today. You could read it an (online) Ventnor forum. She says no, I don’t call the authorities, because it really doesn’t bother me.
Landgraf: I suggest people don’t complain on the (social media) forum, because I’m not on that forum. I don’t get my news from the community forum. The best way to combat unruly, non-compliant renters is to call the police or the zoning office.
Short-term rental owners are ambassadors for Ventnor.
Landgraf: From a land use standpoint, we (could) require Airbnbs to have trash enclosures and have private trash pickup instead of the commercial, after a turnover.
A new ordinance wouldn’t go into effect until next year.
Hold a town hall meeting so all sides could be heard. There’s a lot of rumor and innuendo about short term rentals. What are the short-term rental complaints?
I’d like to have a town hall or some way we could all discuss it because I don’t think every short-term rental owner should be penalized because there’s some bad apples in the bunch on Buffalo Ave. It’s not just Buffalo Ave, either.
Realtor/STR owner: after elderly folks pass away, houses were bought by folks from New York, Philadelphia, who come a couple weekends a month or week, a couple weekends in the summer, and then they rent out their places through short-term rental venues or marketing.