Local Arbnb Owners Shouldn’t Miss Bylaws

Opponents of short-term rentals came to New Hampshire House armed with anecdotes.

Short-lived homes and apartments — such as properties rented through Airbnb and Vrbo — brought busloads of rowdy Harvard students to downtown Sunapee and sparked verbal altercations over the use of the beach on the city, some council members said during a hearing on Thursday. They clogged some Lake District roads with cars, a participant said, and were the reason Milford residents were woken up on a Monday morning by fireworks at 4 a.m., added another.

Tensions over rental properties in tourist areas of New Hampshire are nothing new, and a bill proposed this year continues the debate. Senate Bill 249 would prevent New Hampshire cities from banning short-term rentals, allowing cities to register and regulate them instead.

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