My family has lived in a residential neighborhood in Warrensburg our entire lives. Doing so, you don’t expect to wake up one day to find a hotel/motel business operating feet from your bedroom window. My hometown has allowed this scenario to happen to us and other Warrensburg residents, despite our pleas to stop this.
No one has a problem with short term property rentals (STPRs) operating in commercial/mixed zoned areas as long as they are licensed, regulated and paying taxes. However, they don’t belong in our residentially zoned backyards! Operating STPRs in residentially zoned areas is not solely a noise issue, it’s an obvious violation of homeowners’ rights! NYC banned STPRs about a year ago. Governing of STPRS outside of NYC falls to each town/village.
Owners of these properties state these businesses bring in so much revenue for our small Adirondack town that we need them. If the home was owner occupied, the amount spent supporting our local community would be far greater than that spent by renters for one week. Our home values are also depreciating. There are virtually no positive aspects associated with these unregulated businesses operating in residential zones. Lacking any oversight whatsoever, it’s like living in the wild west! No limits on the number of guests. No limits on the noise level. No limits on what they can do or when they can do it! Although clearly a conflict of interest and despite the issue being raised, our Town Board continues to allow STPR owners to sit on the town planning and zoning committees.
Some individuals affiliated with Warrensburg’s STPR owner group repeatedly bully and harass neighbors along with anyone else who opposes them. Stand up and protect your homeowner’s rights at the next Town Board meeting Sept. 13!
Catherine LaFond, Warrensburg