Virginia Beach postpones vote on short-term rental regulation

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A Voting on future regulations in Virginia Beach that would limit Airbnb and other short-term rentals has been postponed to July 6th by the city council.

The city council heard speakers on both sides of the issue during an extensive discussion on Tuesday evening. Some proponents of the regulation represented neighborhood groups who complained about loud noise and other nuisance in rental homes. Some opponents of the restrictions have been property owners who rent apartments for short periods. They called for a compromise without restricting the rentals too much and restricting the options for tourists.

Airbnb and similar rentals are often rented out as an alternative to staying in a hotel.

Under the proposed zone changes, a person would not be able to open new short term rentals in parts of Shore Drive, Oceanfront and North End. The number of rentals in certain neighborhoods would also be limited: North End would be capped at 10.6% of its homes for short-term renters and East Shore Drive would be capped at 11.5% of its total homes.

With short term rentals in some areas, the number of contractors they can have each week would be limited and would be subject to new health and safety regulations.



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