West New York adopts ordinance banning short-term rentals, despite concerns from local Airbnb hosts
Jan 20, 2018 | 2488 views | 4 4 comments | 155 155 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Residential properties on the West New York waterfront
Residential properties on the West New York waterfront
slideshow
WEST NEW YORK -- Short term vacation rentals, of 30 days or less, will be banned in West New York, after the town's Board of Commissioners adopted an ordinance at their Jan. 18 meeting. The measure is largely a response to numerous complaints officials received regarding people using Airbnb, the popular short-term rental listing service, in town.

It also is an effort to preserve the town's limited housing stock, given that it is only 1.3 square miles and has an estimated 54,000 residents.

But the agreement didn't come before at least five local Airbnb hosts urged the board to better regulate the rentals, as opposed to banning them outright.

Mayor Felix Roque and the commissioners signaled they would be open to such regulation down the line, but needed to respond to resident complaints now.

"Thank you for educating me a lot about Airbnb," Roque told the hosts, after they spoke. "And there might be a way, down the road, that we could sit down and try to make this a reality for West New York. I saw the bad part of Airbnb. Now, we're seeing the other side. I would love to revisit this, as soon as I get more information."

West New York native Christopher Appelgren struggled to pay property taxes on his family house in town, which he purchased many years ago. Therefore, he began hosting Airbnb users to compensate. "I have to say, it's been an incredible help for my family," Appelgren told the commissioners, during the ordinance's public hearing section. "I think that instead of banning Airbnb, maybe we can look at a solution that can help the town."

He floated the idea of adding an additional tax on those renting their properties to Airbnb users: "It would alleviate the property taxes for the rest of the town, which cost a lot."

For the full story, pick up the next edition of the West New York Reporter.

Comments
(4)
Comments-icon Post a Comment
Bloom1
|
January 28, 2018
So when is the Hudson Reporter going to post the full article?
Fernand0
|
January 22, 2018
WNY officials pretending to care about the “character”’of the town is laughable. Zero improvements made to the city over several decades.

Id like to see and hear the residents “complaints,” there are none. It’s all fabricated to please the housing and soon the be hotel lobby (see hotel in NB on Tonnelle ave). The clear choice is to follow the JC and Hoboken model and charge a hotel tax to the Airbnb hosts. But these lawmakers are too incompetent to draft it up. They just screwed themselves out of a major revenue stream. They probably wouldn’t even know how to invest that stream anyways, since all they know is “pay to play” governance and corruption. A sanctuary city pretending to care about the increased tourism is again....comical.
PaulBeliB
|
January 21, 2018
Airbnb help me and my family to stay afloat putting bread on my table. I had for many years the apartments rented to tenents for long terms and most of them terminated at court loosing lot of money and have the lofts destroyed. Since I start airbnb I can keep my property clean of roaches and pests and the area is quieter. Also local business benefits a lot from it.
Bloom1
|
January 21, 2018
This seems heavy-handed - that regardless of building type, or owner occupancy that any stays under 30 days are now illegal. It rings a little hollow to say this is to help preserve our town's character, when we allow things like 7-11s to be built right near markets and bodegas.

WNY should look to work with homeshares and enforce an occupancy tax, so the town and all residents get a share of the revenue. Local businesses - particularly markets and restaurants, already benefit by seeing visitors dollars.