Albany seeks balance in regulating growing number of short-term rentals – WRGB

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There is an ongoing push in Albany to regulate short term rentals in the city.

The number of short-term rentals in Albany is increasing– and it’s creating headaches for some residents who say it’s causing issues from trash to property damage.

On Thursday, the city’s department of neighborhood services heard from concerned residents and rental owners as the city looks to regulate short term rentals.

“We mentioned the registry, we discussed the permit fee or license fee that would be attached to those individuals and trying to figure out what areas do we want to see regulation in, and, again, it’s really about safety. It comes down to making sure that the city, neighbors can find out information regarding these properties if something were to happen,” said Councilman Sergio Adams, who represents Albany’s 7th Ward.

But talks about a registry for short term rentals are nothing new. It’s something Adams has been trying to draft legislation on for more than a year now.

CBS 6’S BRIANA SUPARDI:“What’s the status on that now that it has been a year?”

SERGIO ADAMS:“Last year, after our conversation about short term rentals, I worked with some of the council members and departments to draft legislation to create the registry. At the time, there was just some concern and pushback in terms of the enforcement aspect of everything.”

This time around, Adams said there will be more public collaboration in drafting the legislation.

“This time the focus is making sure that everything is being done collaboratively. Conversations are being done openly,” he said.

When asked what he took away from Thursday’s meeting, Adams described possibly targeting regulations towards absentee rental owners.

“The focus should be more on absentee landlords who are not in the area, who are not responsive, and who are not doing the due diligence to make sure the people that they are allowing in their property are not damaging the property, are not causing a nuisance to the neighbors and to the community most importantly,” said Adams.

On February 7th, the council is having a meeting to further discuss the topic and get input from residents and property owners as to how the city should move forward.

“In this upcoming meeting, we’re opening the floor back open to residents, stakeholders, everyone to come in and share with us their knowledge, their experience and using and collaborating with our neighborhood services to bring all that information together to start crafting regulations on short term rentals,” Adams said.

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