City of Ithaca aims to limit short-term rentals with new legislation | Ithaca

ITHACA, NY – The City of Ithaca is working on legislation to address complaints arising from short-term rental properties. According to Bill Goodman, the city’s assistant supervisor, the process began a few years ago after the city began receiving calls from residents who were negatively affected by their neighbors making short-term rentals. By definition in legislation, a short-term rental is a rental in which a residence or part of a residence is occupied for a period of less than 30 days.

Goodman said many complaints involved tenants throwing loud parties, creating noise issues, causing parking issues and not properly disposing of trash and litter.

“In order to respond to complaints from residents, we decided we needed to have short-term regulations,” Goodman said. “Over the years, we have had a number of public sessions where we have heard from residents and hosts as to why they want to do this.

Currently, there are no municipal regulations for short-term rentals, and one of the main changes the legislation is proposing is to require anyone on a short-term rental to acquire a license to operate the property. city. Guests will need to complete an application, and the city’s code enforcement department will make sure the rooms they rent are safe. There will be a fee to obtain a business license, but this number has not yet been determined. In Dryden, the semi-annual fee for short-term rental permits is $ 90, so $ 45 per year.

Additionally, there will be a limit to the number of days that people can do short-term “non-hosted” rentals, that is, when you rent out your entire house and move out of the property. Goodman said that in most residential areas of the city, the limit for non-hosted rentals will be set at 29 days per calendar year.

However, in the lakeside area, which is a special residential area and has traditionally always had a lot of rentals, the limit will be 245 days per calendar year. If owners want to do a hosted rental where they stay in their home and rent out a bedroom or two, there will be no limit on the number of days. There will be a form on the city’s website where people can report their rentals so the city can follow along.

Another proposed regulation will only allow people to make short-term rentals in their primary residence or if they own the house next to their primary residence. Goodman said this was aimed at preventing people from buying homes for the sole purpose of short-term rentals.

Goodman said the city has spoken with officials in Cayuga Heights and Dryden because the two municipalities have already implemented short-term rentals. The state has some regulations for short-term rentals, but Goodman said they were created a few years ago mainly in response to what was happening in New York City with multi-unit buildings.

The city is holding a public hearing on the legislation on December 13 during the city council meeting at 5:30 p.m. Visit for the Zoom link to participate or the YouTube link to watch.

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