Brigantine City Council had another emergency meeting about short-term rentals on April 9. See video above.
During this time of COVID-19, how do we effectively slow the influx of visitors and short term renters into Brigantine?
On April 1, Council only took aim at online rental marketing like AirBnB. Local realtors, their online advertising and websites were not affected for some reason. Backlash ensued.
On the morning of April 9, Brigantine City Council cleared up a few issues, but muddied others.
Notes. Brigantine City Council Meeting APRIL 9.
Brigantine 2nd homeowners…COME ON DOWN…. so says Mayor Simpson in a really clumsy way.
No restrictions at this time. Mayor Simpson says ALL homeowners can come down to Brigantine. Even those 2nd homeowners, the non-voting lifeblood of Brigantine.
Didn’t Governor Murphy tell us to stay in place? Yikes.
Mayor Simpson also mentioned some creepy 14 day quarantine thing that Councilman Riordan is working on with Atlantic County. wtf.
See Riordan 14 Day Quarantine efforts here.
Are Brigantine Real Estate agents now in compliance? Simpson: they can’t do arms-length transactions. No person to person rentals at this time. But…..
Property owners and ALL realtors can still enter into contracts for June, July, etc … with the stipulation that the agreement can be voided / cancelled at any time.
So, it sounds like marketing and renting can still happen…. but actual occupation of the property can’t happen without the OK from the Brigantine Mayor and his City Council.
Those who use AirBnB and VRBO not quite happy about that one. Will they treat ALL rental transactions equally? Let’s hope so.
Question: What’s a short-term rental? Last week, it was anything less than 30 days. Now, a short-term rental is anything up to 180 days (6 months).
Brigantine Councilman Mike Riordan, who originally assisted in last week’s resolution, took time to defend his recent actions. Riordan, a local Real Estate agent, made sure to place blame on those who he believes shared un-true information.
Councilman Dennis Haney and others claim that Council was handcuffed by the State of NJ. Council couldn’t do anything to stop local realtors from conducting rental business as usual. That’s not really true.
Brigantine should have ENCOURAGED all rentals to stop on April 1. Just like other towns. Because it was the right thing to do.
Most would have complied.