A state Supreme Court Justice has dismissed a Greenport woman’s lawsuit seeking to overturn a 2016 Southold Town Zoning Board of Appeals ruling related to the short-term rental law. The court rejected her claim that renting her home for fewer than 14 days should be permitted as a grandfathered use. READ
The Greenport Village Board has scheduled a public hearing on a revision to its residential rental permit law. The change would scale back some of the requirements in the original 2013 legislation and require every residential rental property — including short-term rentals — to have a rental permit. READ
If the Southold Town code never put any restrictions on the renting of single-family homes before a 2015 ban on stays of fewer than 14 nights, then prior short-term rentals were:
a) illegal because nothing in the code said they were legal or
b) legal because nothing in the code said they were illegal.
Before Thursday night’s public hearing on new regulations for short-term rentals in Greenport Village, Mayor George Hubbard said the specifics of the legislation would be changed.
For the first time, Southold Town has taken legal action in state court against a short-term rental owner, accusing an Orient landlord of continuing to violate the town’s 14-night minimum stay requirement for rentals. READ
Last year, the Greenport Village Board considered enacting a law to deal with short-term rentals, but never adopted it.
Now, the issue is coming up again. READ
Should homeowners who began renting their houses on a short-term basis before Aug. 25, 2015, be allowed to continue doing so?
One Orient attorney and his clients think so.
Months after Suffolk County began targeting short-term rental owners, county Comptroller John Kennedy is expected to explain how the hotel-motel tax is enforced at an upcoming meeting in Riverhead. READ
In the first month of the controversial short-term rental law’s existence, Southold Town issued five tickets to property owners who rented residences for fewer than 14 nights, including one house in Orient that allegedly had 25 guests and 15 cars out front for a pre-Thanksgiving celebration. READ
Suffolk County has begun to crack down on short-term rental owners who list their properties online and are now requiring them to collect and remit a hotel-motel tax from their guests. In some cases, the county has administered back taxes to those who hadn’t previously collected the tax. READ