Ventnor officials got an earful about short-term rentals on Thursday, Sept 22.
In order to reduce ‘party houses’, should there be a 2, 3 or 7 day minimum?
Currently, Ventnor has no minimum rental stay. Margate has a 7 day minimum.
LISTEN TO PUBLIC COMMENT:
Noise, traffic, parking, trash. Too many people coming in and out. Non-compliant occupancy loads
Ventnor has over 400 registered, short-term rental properties. Since Dec 2018, Ventnor requires these property owners to purchase a mercantile license for $100 per year if they use online rental platforms like AirBnB.
Ventnor Code Enforcement
Ventnor Code Enforcement’s Jimmy Agnesino: Complaints are about coming home at 3 am, slamming car doors, sitting on porch having cigarettes and talking at a normal level. No yelling and screaming. But if you live next door, you hear people out there talking. They’re not breaking any laws.
It’s a residential neighborhood and they’re running a business, a motel. Some are renting without a mercantile license or city inspection.Ventnor Code Enforcement, Jimmie Agnesino
We are little guys. I think it’s bad enough that we have to buy mercantile licenses. But we are not commercial operations, and so to add extra burdens on us, like requiring us a sound detector or paying for us a trash service, is just, I think, unrealistic and unfair.
Our rates for these mercantile licenses have been raised from $50.00 in 2014, to $350, and now: $500. I already feel like we’re being penalized.
I’ve rented apartments for 22 years in Ventnor. The only problem I had was a tenant in Ventnor. Cost me $27,000 and 2 1/2 years to get him out of my building. The laws are strong for long-term tenants versus what they are for landlords. I’ve started to recoup losses through having a short term rental in Ventnor.
Take some of our $500.00 fees and hire another code enforcement officer.
I would be careful about a three strike rule. Any neighbor can call on anybody and put in complaints really quick and make them lose their license.
Police chief: one night rental does contribute to quality of life issues. Ventnor Police Department does see a one night rental as a negative.
They’re not really using Ventnor other than the place to lay their head and create problems.
But you’re operating a business in a residential zone. That’s the problem that a lot of towns are having. Atlantic City has pretty much precluded them from areas outside the tourism district they don’t want to see them in residential areas.
Margate’s minimum is one week.
We only rent to families. We’ve met every person that rents, every family that rents. We have a two night minimum.
Most of our people stay multiple nights. Maybe five, never 7. So if you’re considering doing a seven night minimum rental, you’re just going to blow us out of the water and we won’t even we won’t even do it anymore.
Police can identify those homeowners, you should penalize those homeowners, not everyone.
We’re a residential town. We have no hotels or motels.
City planners were lured by higher ratables. In effect, it encouraged motels to be converted in extra-large mansions that are empty except for 15 weekends a year. This hurts local business.
One night rentals. You’re just asking for trouble. As far as the noise and issues, that’s #1.
We screen our guests thoroughly, we get their ID’s. How do you screen your guests? Make sure that people are actually doing it it. We say no more than six allowed. Sometimes people lie and the guests are bad too, and it just kind of sucks.
Influx of new businesses are because of the demand. The demand of the new businesses is because of the short-term rentals.
I think that something should be carved out for owner-occupied units. Even a 5 night stay would decimate the small places.
I am a year round, Ventnor resident and I work as a local Hospice nurse. I don’t bring up my profession for any sympathy or recognition. I bring it up because, as any health care worker will tell you, rest and relaxation are incredibly important due to the nature of our work. Short term rentals, of which I live above one and across the street from several others, are disruptive, attracts partiers. And people that do not appear to respect Ventnor and instead are only visiting for a quick weekend getaway to Atlantic City.
We screen our tenants rigorously. We don’t allow them to auto-book. Look at what properties are renting, See if those properties allow auto booking on those websites, which means there’s no screening process that goes on for the tenant.
You could force the property owners to be required to screen their tenants or their management companies and not allow them to auto book.
The police chief thinks we’d have less trouble if it was a two night minimum, stay rather than the one. We still haven’t seen any evidence of actual calls. Or arrests being made. I think the Council needs to take that into account.
I have tons of information on how it hurts a town when you start adding restrictions on short term rentals.Former Ventnor Mayor, Tim Kreisher
Short term rentals in Ventnor are the lifeblood of local restaurants.
Ventnor Commissioner Landgraf: We’re not standing at the door taking tickets to know how many people are going in and out of the house. That’s going to have to be done by the operators. But if we see the violations continue, we can withhold these mercantile licenses.
Ventnor short-term rentals. They’re not going away.
Landgraf: Guys, I’m not banning them. It’s an opportunity. I think we all agree on that.
We tried the three night minimum about four years ago. Did not work. We went to a two night minimum and we found that the two night minimums sold out right away.
I would be conservative in whatever the solution is. I do think that even requiring 2 days is somewhat arbitrary.
Everything that happens in our building is extremely minimized.
Is this regard to short term rentals, ma’am? Do they allow that on Ventnor on the Bay?
They’re not supposed to, but they’re happening.
I’m sure you’ve heard of the Speakeasy on Cambridge Ave. If you live here, you know what I’m talking about. That group of people is so loud and obnoxious.
Empower your police. Give people tickets. Ticket the condo associations and management companies who aren’t doing their job.
Ventnor Code Enforcement
Jimmie Agnesino has been employed by the City of Ventnor for 27 years as the Construction Official and Building Sub-Code Official. He also serves as the Zoning Official and Department Head for the Code Department, which includes rental and sale properties as well as property maintenance. He also is the Land Use Administrator, which approves the use of properties throughout the City. Jimmie holds a license that allows him to serve as the Construction Official and is also licensed as a multiple dwelling official to conduct inspections that are required by the State within the City of Ventnor. Jimmie resides in Williamstown, is married and has two adult sons.