Watch Brigantine Council Pick Winners & Losers via AirBnB Rental Ban
While most of us were hunkering down to avoid COVID-19, Brigantine City Council was busy banning all short-term rentals using websites like AirBnB.
Many Jersey shore towns like Ocean City and Ventnor are temporarily banning ALL short-term vacation rentals. Yes. ALL short term rentals.
But in Brigantine, city leaders are allowing local real estate agents to continue business as usual. Brigantine realtors can continue rental operations, as long as they don’t use sites like AirBnB and VRBO.
Of course, Realtors don’t use these types of sites. Most realtors HATE AirBnB.
Typical Brigantine corruption on steroids. Nothing more disgusting that taking advantage of a health crisis to destroy the competition.
But that’s exactly what Brigantine greenhead politicians are doing right now. Hosing those who invest in Brigantine.
Some background: NJ Governor Phil Murphy announced he’s allowing more restrictions on short-term rentals in New Jersey in an effort to help stop the spread of COVID 19. Murphy doesn’t want people fleeing to the Jersey shore during the coronavirus pandemic.
NJ now allowing towns like Brigantine to prohibit all short-term rentals. Brigantine decided to be selective about this new power. Mayor Simpson, along with City Council, voted YES to effectively kill off AirBnB until further notice…while allowing local realtors to continue business as usual.
Don’t expect these Brigantine council scumbags to lift that ban anytime soon.
The Brigantine Councilman who wrote the resolution is Brigantine Real Estate agent, Mike Riorden. Well, how about that.
In the resolution Riordan wrote, the use of AirBnB & VRBO type platforms are prohibited from promoting short-term Brigantine rentals. BUT… Riordan & all of his Council cronies voted YES to allow local, struggling realtors like Riordan to still conduct rental business as usual.
Local Brigantine realtors can still conduct their short-term rental business using their company web site, social media, print ads, email, phone and don’t forget about those walk-ins.
Riordan should have recused himself. So should have Mayor Simpson. We believe the Mayor owns property being leased by a local real estate company.
The harmful resolution was simply a way of picking winners & losers during this Covid-19 health crisis.
Brigantine City Hall and the Brigantine Chamber of Commerce are not to be trusted. Ever. Read Greenhead Politics
Approx 400 Brigantine property owners use platforms like AirBnB and VRBO to rent their vacation properties. This is how they pay their taxes to the City of Brigantine.
Why hurt independent home owners that use AirBnB? Why only protect local realtors?
Very few knew of this vote. Only 4 attended the video conference, held at 1pm on April 1.
This was a last minute, virtually secret resolution by Brigantine politicians. Nobody knew about it.
City Clerk failed to post the appropriate agenda. Oops. Again.
While COVID-19 crushes the economy, Brigantine City Council is picking winners and losers. Online short term rentals via AirBnB are now banned until further notice. But…. local Real Estate agents can still rent properties to anyone. Even those from #1 corona hotspot, NYC.Concerned Citizens of Brigantine
This controversial resolution was originally developed to protect against COVID-19 infections coming from out-of-town renters. But it became a tool to kill the use of AirBnB and VRBO in Brigantine. Local Real Estate agents HATE these online marketplaces. Much like cabbies & Jitney drivers hate UBER & LYFT. Much like the Brigantine Times HATES BrigantineNOW.com.
Resolution allows City of Brigantine to force AirBnB and VRBO to remove all Brigantine short-term (less than 30 days) rental properties from their online platform.
From City Manager Jim Bennett: To be clear. The ONLY action that was taken with regards to rentals, a resolution was passed that temporarily allows the city to have online marketplaces such as AirBnB and VRBO remove Brigantine from their sites. It’s only for SHORT TERM RENTALS (30 days or less). Realtors, once City Hall is full staffed again, will be able to get a CO after inspections.
Local Brigantine Real Estate offices are not affected by this resolution. They can still offer short-term rentals to anyone, as long as they don’t use online platforms like AirBnB, etc.
‘Total scam’, says one Brigantine homeowner who depends on summer rentals to pay her sizable property tax bill. I refuse to use local Brigantine realtors. I don’t trust them one bit’
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No rentals for the summer. The over-stuffed real estate people on the island have made enough over the years. They only care about themselves. They can survive. The fn’ weekenders and weekly Covid carriers can’t abide by the rules in their own towns. Why ruin ours?
Are you serious? First let me educate you that we do not get “over-stuffed” on summer rentals. Our homeowners however DO use the money they make from these rentals to pay their mortgages and their BRIGANTINE property taxes which we ALL need them to do. So NO the real estate people do NOT care only about themselves. If you ever need to move please don’t call us. I’ll buy you a For Sale By Owner sign and you can find out how easy our job is.
I bought my 2br condo almost three years ago to have a place to retire and enjoy life. Was scheduled to retire the end of the month but that’s on hold. I pay more in taxes on this condo than I do on my primary single family residence. Don’t get a say in any decisions made and how much of the city services are paid by owners of second properties. Have been practicing all the required safety measures for weeks, not 10 days. I have as much right to be there as anyone. Was there a couple of weeks ago and saw many people at the Acme and CVS standing right on top of each other. So don’t judge.
Do you want to give tax rebates to all second home owners in Brigantine? Pro-rate our taxes if we can’t use our homes .
Second homes not the issue. It’s the asshole weekenders and summer rentals.
That’s a poor attitude that I know is shared by other residents. I am a full time resident and I find that sentiment to be undeserved and embarrassing. Weekenders and summer renters are good for the local economy. They help keep our handful of remaining businesses intact. You live in a shore town and it comes with the territory. Unless we elect politicians that can actually manage this town and generate revenue, you’re stuck either relying on summer visitors or paying significantly higher taxes.
I rent full time on a private deal because the realtor screwed my owner for the first 2 years I was here. You are all the same mold. Brigantine is a town of clicks and clowns in Real Estate. The inside deals in flips. The bullshit piles up yearly. I went to purchase 2 homes on the island. It took weeks of diligence to see how we were lied to by the Realtor. Insider shill bidding, among other crap. Please toss your nonsense someplace else. We are all filled up here.