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What Should Be Done About Short-Term Rentals?

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Our recent post featuring short-term rentals found on Airbnb didn't sit well with a handful of readers. The issue being that, for the most part, rentals less than 30 days are illegal. "No one wants to live next door to a hotel/motel," was how one commenter put it. However, the trend in the last few years seems to be heading in that direction. Speaking with the NY Post this summer, a VP with the Heddings Property Group said, "This year, people are looking for little snippets of time out of the season; one week here, one month there, two weeks, three weeks."

Other than a few well-publicized cases, code enforcement hasn't exactly been cracking down. The most glaring example of this might be Joe Farrell's Sandcastle. He's been offering it as a two-week August rental for the last few seasons with nary a peep from the powers that be.

So, what do you think should be done about this? More enforcement officers? Stiffer penalties? Should towns consider altering their codes to reflect the changing market? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
· Previously, on Thursday Open Threads [Curbed Hamptons]