West Haven short-term rental dispute raises enforcement questions

WEST HAVEN — Plenty of householders on Baldwin Avenue say they purchased property so they may have waterfront views in a residential space, even when parking on a slim, dead-end avenue presents challenges and the properties are shut sufficient collectively that they may hear a neighbor’s significantly loud sneeze.

Due to this fact, residents didn’t take kindly to seeing one of many properties closest to the water listed on the web site Airbnb as a “excellent waterfront getaway” that’s “nice for small household reunions, a pals gathering or a ladies’ retreat or weddings.”

After metropolis officers realized that householders Jeff and Kim Ambroise had been itemizing the house they bought in January for $820,000 on the short-term rental web site, they had been requested to seem earlier than the Zoning Board of Appeals to acquire a particular use exception for short-term leases.

“That is our retirement dwelling, the house we need to go all the way down to our youngsters,” Jeff Ambroise informed board members on the Aug. 17 assembly. He stated the couple, whose main residence is in West Hartford, spent six months renovating the house and had been seeking to earn extra income to make again the prices of these renovations by renting it out.

In 2019, the town’s Planning and Zoning Fee adopted new laws round short-term leases. In keeping with these laws, properties can’t be rented out for a interval shorter than seven days and not more than 4 unrelated momentary renters can occupy the house at a time.