Stopping Short-Term Rental Hell in Brigantine

Loud music, underage drinking and partying that continues through the night. Welcome to our short-term-rental hell along the South Jersey shore.

Loud music, underage drinking and partying that continues through the night. Welcome to our short-term-rental hell along the South Jersey shore.

Once quiet neighborhoods in Ventnor and Brigantine being slowly converted into virtual ‘motel zones’.

Absentee landlords running commercial businesses within a residential neighborhood.

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Who’s to blame? Well for starters, weak zoning law, poor enforcement of ordinance, and ease-of-use with online rental tools like Airbnb.

From Press of Atlantic CityMayor Sera of Brigantine: We have about 2,000 short-term rental properties in Brigantine. We have one person who does inspections, and one code enforcement official to handle short-term rental properties and new construction. We need to start looking at bringing in staff. (editor note: no kidding)

Brigantine has the most lax, poorly enforced short term rental (STR) laws. Ventnor not much better, especially with investigation into the Ventnor Code Enforcement Department.

  • Margate has 10 night rental minimum
  • Longport has 14 night rental minimum.
  • Ventnor has 3 night rental minimum.

To date, Brigantine’s Mayor Sera still opposed to common restrictions used by other shore towns.

  • 7 night STR minimum.
  • Minimum 25 yrs of age to rent.
  • Criminal background check.
  • Limits on how many properties an absentee STR landlord can own.
Platt, Bennett, Sera.

Things not likely to improve when Brigantine’s new city manager gets started. Residents surprised that former Brigantine Fire Chief, Tiger Platt has been selected to run the City of Brigantine. Lack of municipal management background, and connection to a past overtime scandal cited as main concerns with this controversial choice.

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8 thoughts on “Stopping Short-Term Rental Hell in Brigantine”

  1. Too bad rentals bring in millions for brigantine and the owners update homes and keep them nice to rent. Everyone wants to complain about a little noise or inconvenience, but all the business owners thrive bc of rentals and the property values will be that of ocean city some day now. People need to accept some of the small nuisances that come with the good change to brigantine.

  2. Is urinating on the side of the house ok with you?

    How about 30 bright light bulbs left on all night. Not a big deal?

    2:30 am riding bikes.

    1. Hi Debbie
      Of course urinating on side of house is not ok… Have you reported this through complaint to police?

      30 bright lights…have you contacted your neighbor about this? Perhaps automatic shut-off would solve this…

      2:30am riding bikes? I lived on seawall and people went there at all times of night to enjoy the island and the ocean… Are you against riding bikes? If it is a noise issue, perhaps calling the police would help with this.

      I assume you have made complaints.
      If not, you should. Your peace is important.

    2. Hi Debbie
      Of course urinating on the side of the house is disgusting! Did you report this illegal act to the police?

      On bright lights: did you contact your neighbor? Perhaps an automatic shut-off would solve this… not sure.

      On riding bikes at 2:30am… we lived on the seawall and people came there all through the night by bus (a whole other story), car, foot and bike to enjoy the beach and the wonderful ocean views …and the MOON!
      Are the bike riders being overly loud? Perhaps a call to the police will solve that.
      It seems the police are your answer.
      I hope you are able to find the peace you deserve.

  3. I don’t understand what all the fuss is about with the noise and partying. I’m on the South side and the only noise I ever hear are the Deck Bar bands when the wind is blowing the right direction.

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