City of Brigantine is asking residents to keep an eye out for those still renting their properties. See something? Say something. In other words, please rat out your neighbor.
To date, Brigantine Mayor Andy Simpson and City Council have placed most of their focus on shutting down online rental marketplaces like AirBnB & VRBO.
Whereas online marketplaces controlled by local real estate offices have been given much more leeway. Rentals are still available for browsing & reserving on most realtor websites.
On April 9, Mayor Simpson told local realtors they can still market, promote & contract with future renters. (as long as refunds are available)
SEE APRIL 9 VIDEO BELOW.
This is a conflict of interest. Mayor Andy Simpson & Councilman Mike Riordan have financial interest in local real estate businesses. Local realtors HATE AirBnB & VRBO type sites.
Never letting a crisis go to waste, Brigantine City Hall is once again picking winners & losers.
Here is letter sent out by Brigantine City Hall on April 16:
In response to COVID-19 Brigantine residents are doing their part to help “flatten the curve” by following Governor Murphy’s Stay at Home order. Surely this is more difficult if there’s a constant stream of vacationers continuing to occupy short-term rentals throughout the city.
At this time if a property is rented short term it not only increases the chance for community transmission of COVID-19, it is considered non-essential travel. As such, the City enacted a resolution, based on NJ State Administrative Order 2020-08, prohibiting all short term rentals (those less than 180 days). It must be stated the City of Brigantine is grateful to host so many guests as a resort town and looks forward to catering to future visitors.
Unfortunately, at this time, many of our local businesses are either operating with severe reductions in staffing or have closed completely. Our restaurants must only accommodate pick up or delivery orders. The Brigantine Community Center, the playgrounds & the Atlantic City Casinos have complied with the Governor’s order to cease all recreational activities and have closed. Lastly, in an effort to keep employees and their families healthy City Hall remains closed to the public while municipal services are still running remotely with reduced staff.
The City of Brigantine is working with online marketplaces such as Air B&B & VRBO to block off the calendar for future bookings until the State of Emergency is lifted and they will be contacting all their hosts to cancel more immediate bookings.
All of our local real estate offices have been contacted and are working with us.
To allow a new short-term rental at this time not only violates the spirit of Governor Murphy’s travel advisory, it violates municipal law.
If you suspect new guests or seasonal tenants have occupied a short-term rental in your neighborhood, email the suspected address to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please do not call police dispatch to report an occupancy . By emailing Brig Safe you can help us “flatten the curve” and lessen the strain on Brigantine Police, Fire & EMS departments, as well as our local hospitals and in-patient care services.
The more carefully we all comply with the stay at home order the faster Brigantine can return to business as usual. Any questions related to rental property and code enforcement inspections email email@example.com.
Brigantine Mayor, Andy Simpson