ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Robbinsville residents will not be able to list their properties for short-term rentals, such as through the popular Airbnb service, after the Township Council voted unanimously at their meeting Thursday to ban such use of residential property. 

The vote came directly after the council held a public hearing on the proposed ordinance during which no members of the public spoke on the matter. 

The Robbinsvile Township Council introduced the ordinance on October 24 after a presentation by the Robbinsville Economic Development Advisory Commission (EDAC), led by vice-chair Elizabeth Meyers two weeks earlier. During that presentation, Meyers said that the committee considered items relative to short-term rentals included whether the town should institute a complete ban on rentals or allow rentals with restrictions; impose a local tax on rentals; set a minimum and maximum number of days on the rentals; require registration rentals with the police and fire departments; mandate notification of neighbors if the property will be rented; and other factors.

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At that meeting Council President Rob Witt said that “the real crux of the issue is that when you’re buying a home, you’re buying it to live in it. AirbnBb is not in the spirit of what people buy in a development for, nor do you expect to see that usage in a development."

Editor’s Note:   TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville editor, Elizabeth Meyers, serves as vice-chairperson of EDAC and chairs the policy subcommittee which researched the issue.

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