Short-term rentals in eastern Connecticut cause problems for municipalities

As summer approaches and people think about getting away or hosting parties, short-term rentals have become a popular option. While many are doing well, some turn into problems for the rest of the neighborhood, and municipalities are empowered to respond.

In 2019, Airbnb reported that New London County properties rented through the service had 44,600 guests and $6 million in total host revenue, or $134.53 per guest on average. Windham County hosted 2,600 guests and $400,000 in host revenue, or $153.85 per guest on average. With how lucrative it is, cities and towns are trying to figure out how to approach this industry.

Since the pandemic, the number of short-term rental units has increased by 2.6% nationally, although bookings have fallen significantly, from 425.5 million nights in 2019 to 242.7 million nights in 2020. However, 2021 saw an upturn, with the first quarter seeing a 13% increase. bookings compared to 2021, as reported in the Southeast Connecticut Governmental Council’s White Paper on Connecticut Short-Term Rental Regulations.

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