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Broadview Heights extends temporary ban on short-term home rentals

December 28, 2018

Broadview Heights extends temporary ban on short-term home rentals

BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio – City Council has extended by one year a moratorium, or temporary ban, on bed-and-breakfasts and other short-term home rental operations.

The moratorium, originally established by council in February and scheduled to expire Dec. 31, will now last through 2019. It will prohibit anyone from leasing or renting out their homes for 30 or fewer days and give city officials time to establish regulations for short-term rentals, which some residents see as nuisances.

“We are working with the law director (Vince Ruffa) to research this a little bit more,” Councilwoman Jennifer Mahnic told cleveland.com. “We know that some other communities have had some concerns and issues with this type of (short-term) lease.”

Broadview Heights is following the steps of other Greater Cleveland communities, including Lyndhurst, which in 2016 placed its own moratorium on short-term rentals. That city lifted the moratorium after codifying guidelines for such operations. North Royalton established a one-year moratorium on short-term rentals in fall 2018.

Communities like Broadview Heights want to avoid incidents like one that happened a year ago in Seven Hills, where a man temporarily renting a home threw a wild New Year’s Eve party. The man was arrested and faced several charges, including serving alcohol to underage persons.

“I voted to extend (the moratorium) because of problems I have seen in the news with renters abusing the properties and causing issues in the neighborhood,” Councilman Brian Wolf told cleveland.com in an email. “Having large parties that got out of hand are the most notable ones.”

Councilman Glenn Goodwin said the city needs more time to study short-term rentals before drafting legislation to regulate them.

“Seeing the problems other cities have experienced, it would only be the prudent thing to do,” Goodwin told cleveland.com in an email.

A year ago, Broadview Heights Building Official Michael Skvasik said a resident had complained about an Airbnb operation in his neighborhood.

Through Airbnb, homeowners can provide short-term lodging by leasing or renting out all or parts of their homes. Airbnb, as a broker, receives a percentage of the rent or lease amount.

At the time, Kristina Sorensen, Broadview Heights’ economic development coordinator, said the city found more than 20 short-term rentals in several subdivisions, including MacIntosh Farms, Creekview Village and Forestbrook Estates.

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