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WEST NEW YORK – West New York officials will hold a public hearing this week on an ordinance that would ban short-term vacation rentals in town.
The hearing will take place at the Jan. 18 Board of Commissioners meeting, at 6:30 p.m. at the West New York Town Hall, 428 60th St.
In the ordinance, the town cites concerns over "preserving" existing single and multi-family residences and residents renting out their units to disruptive out of towners as reasons for banning the rentals.
If adopted, the ordinance would ban vacation rentals of any dwelling unit, accessory building or structure, garage, attic, or basement lasting 30 days or less. The ban would apply even if the unit's permanent residents are on-site during the visitor's stay.
The ordinance would virtually ban the popular (but controversial) Airbnb short term rental service in town. There are no hotels in West New York.
First offenders would receive a $500 fine. Subsequent offenses would be punishable by a minimum $1,000 fine.