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Woodstock to act on problems with short-term rentals

Apr 13, 2017 6:50 am

William J. Kemble is reporting in the Daily Freeman the Woodstock Town Board is contemplating what to do about the proliferation of short-term rentals in the town. At the board's April 11 public meeting, residents aired complaints about properties being purchased with the sole intention of operating Airbnb-type rental businesses. The complaints about short-term rentals in Woodstock have included loud music, trash problems and unsafe drivers. A recent survey at Airbnb.com indicated that approximately 100 rentals available in Woodstock currently operate without owners in residence. Town law requires that anyone renting all or some of their homes for periods of less than a week obtain the same town permit required for bed-and-breakfasts, and that permit requires occupancy by the owner. Town Supervisor Bill McKenna noted there was a previous request to review short-term rentals but that board members at the time declined to proceed. McKenna suggested the town deal with short-term rental complaints as they come into the Building Department and consider putting money in the town’s 2018 budget to crack down on violators. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.