Howell Township passes new law banning short-term Airbnb type rentals
Complaints from neighbors in Howell Township helped pass a new law banning short-term Airbnb type rentals and backyard pools.
The township has become the latest in a growing number of communities to pass similar ordinances, following massive parties in Brick and Jackson.
The new ordinance puts a stop to any rentals under 90 days. The parties typically are advertised online. In the cases seen in northern Ocean County, hundreds of people show up and overwhelm local law enforcement - leaving behind trash and angry neighbors.
A ban on rentals of home amenities is also attached to the ordinance, such as backyards, cabanas and pools, following similar measures taken in nearby towns.
Earlier this week, the council unanimously passed the measures. Deputy Mayor Thomas Russo says they owe it to those who choose to live, work and raise families in Howell.
“There were many cars parked in these neighborhoods,” says Russo. “Many people on the front lawns and actually, it was impacting the quality of life of our residents.”
A neighbor says she feels bad for the people who are legitimately using Airbnb but sees why these actions were needed after the summer.
Any homeowner found violating the ordinance will be subject to strengthened penalties.