Airbnb-style rentals are now banned in Cornwall – Pennsylvania

It’s actually quite common for our Cornwall – the best we can add – to be confused for its distant relatives across the ocean.

With a number of Cornwalls in the United States, and more in Jamaica and New Zealand, people have even reported crimes to a police department 2,000 miles away due to name confusion. .

Earlier this year, a vacationer found himself confused because the weather in Cornwall did not meet the apparent forecast of 29 degrees. You guessed it, they were looking at the forecast for the wrong country.

Read more: What life is like in Cornwall, 3,000 miles in Canada

But with Cornwall, England experiencing an ongoing housing crisis and reports of second homes and Airbnbs-style accommodations having an impact, we were surprised to see Cornwall Pennsylvania actually just banned definitely short term vacation rentals – echoing the calls for change here.

And while the problem with these short term rentals in our county is by no means straightforward – much relying on the income and security that renting the room or the entire property offers, and a much greater demand. for tourism – the hot debate on “what can we really do? In Cornwall roared.

Here’s what people did in Cornwall, Lebanon County, PA, and how it works for other places around the world.

This summer, short-term Airbnb-type rentals of houses, rooms or couches in residences were unanimously accepted to be banned by the City Council of the Small Borough of Lebanon County, Pennsylvania.

Reported by Lebanon Daily News, the news followed an interpretation of state laws proposed by the district attorney that council is legally authorized not to allow this type of short-term rental arrangement in areas considered to be “Residential zoning districts”.

They found that zoning ordinances in the area required guesthouses to have a full-time resident overseeing the property and not to allow rentals in guesthouses to exceed 14 days. Permits were also required to practice this practice.

Cornwall, county of Lebanon.

The chairman of the borough council said in a recent meeting that he had not heard from anyone in the borough who supported these types of short-term rentals, with residents telling council members that the neighbors’ actions entering into these short-term rentals were “disturbing [their] enjoyment “of their own home.

The report continues to indicate that over the past year Cornwall Borough Council has dealt with at least two situations in which landowners have accepted guests to rent in private homes located in zoned residential districts. In each case, the owner was told to stop the practice.

A similar thing has happened on a larger scale in Barcelona in recent times as, before the pandemic, around 30 million people visited Barcelona each year, leaving the city at the heart of a similar debate over overtourism.

It was reported that locals were unable to purchase homes as they had all been purchased for Airbnb rentals, which is similar to the claims made in Cornwall.

A temporary ban on renting accommodation for less than 31 days was introduced in August 2020 and was subsequently extended until the end of September 2021, Euronews reports. The temporary ban may soon become permanent, with owners having to get their property approved and categorized as “tourist household” in order to manage it that way.

New York, Calabasas, San Francisco and parts of Hawaii are among a number of other popular tourist destinations that have banned or placed restrictions on unregulated short-term rentals around the world, many of which are now due be reserved for at least one month.

The concerns regarding these types of properties are largely that landlords may rent houses or rooms in violation of UK laws.

Some hosts will not have the same health and safety procedures, regulations or assurances in place that would protect both owner and visitor in the same way hotels and resorts do.

In some cases, people rent subsidized or social housing – which is also illegal in the UK.

What do you think of the idea of ​​banning or regulating short-term rentals? What do you think should be done about them? Let us know in the comments below.

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