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Greenport residents to village: Rental law should cover more

Greenport Mayor George Hubbard is seen in a

Greenport Mayor George Hubbard is seen in a file photo. Credit: Randee Daddona

A proposed law changing rental permit regulations in Greenport isn’t comprehensive enough, village residents told the village’s board of trustees at its regular meeting Thursday.

The proposal covers all rental properties and addresses issues including code enforcement and registration requirements, according to Greenport Mayor George Hubbard Jr.

“We had over 100 units that did not fit into the category of the original rental law,” Hubbard said Friday.

However, residents at the meeting expressed concern that the proposal — first drafted in February — does not have a specific section that regulates short-term rentals.

Chatty Allen, 56 and a lifelong Greenport resident, told the board it was “opening a can of worms” by not including short-term rentals in the law.

Mindy Ryan, a resident who said she operated a short-term rental, said the law should be more concise, calling the 17-page document “intimidating.” She suggested having all the definitions in one place, among other things.

Several residents, including Ryan, also asked the board to include provisions that would cap or limit the number of short-term rental properties in the village.

Village trustee Doug Roberts said Friday that he felt the board should start fresh with a new draft law on rentals. “I believe we would be serving the future of the housing better by repealing it, replacing it with something that’s more streamlined, and then consider the short-term rental issue in that discussion since it was omitted from this law entirely,” he said.

Hubbard said Friday the exclusion of a short-term rental provision was largely because there was not enough time for the board to come up with a separate law governing only short-term rentals.

“My suggestion to the board was, let’s just make them all registered and if we can come up with a short-term rental law, we can simplify that and do that at a later date,” Hubbard said.

He said the board would reconvene the public hearing on the rental proposal later in July, aiming to vote on a final draft in August that could be implemented by the end of the summer.


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