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Bellport to vote on short-term rental proposal

Bellport Village Hall is shown on June 10,

Bellport Village Hall is shown on June 10, 2013. Credit: Brittany Wait

Bellport officials have changed course on how they want to control short-term rentals, but a final decision on the matter is expected next week.

Village Trustee Robert Rosenberg on Monday said officials are no longer considering defining a short-term rental as a residential stay under 16 days during the peak of travel season.

He said officials are now focused on the number of times someone rents between the week before Memorial Day until the week after Labor Day.

Under the proposal expected to be voted on at next Monday’s meeting, homeowners wouldn’t be able to rent more than five times in that span but are allowed to stay for a prolonged period of time.

“We tried to come up something that people would like and felt was fair and appropriate,” Rosenberg said. “Unless something happens to change my mind, I’m going to vote in favor of it.”

Bellport officials had proposed a new law where homeowners wouldn’t be able to rent their homes for under 16 days between May 1 and Sept. 30. Some residents preferred eight to 14 days.

Rosenberg said the latest change was to reflect residential objections.
Homeowners would be barred from being on their property during the visitor’s stay, and must file for rental registration with the village.

In 2015, board members adopted a bed-and-breakfast code that would have allowed them in residential neighborhoods but never filed it with the New York Department of State for approval, as required.

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