June 22, 2017

Airbnb Has Come to a Vermont Town and Some Residents Are Worried

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In West Dummerston, neighbors in the compact neighborhood noticed the influx of newcomers when a neighbor started renting a home on Airbnb , said Beverly Tier.

The internet-based service that allows people to rent out their homes is growing in popularity, and Select Board Chairman Zeke Goodband tells Vermont Public Radio that the town is ready to take action amid mounting complaints in West Dummerston.

“The Airbnbs are flying under the radar,” Goodband says. “We just want to get them above ground and have them be subject to the same safety regulations and inspections that other rental properties are subject to.”

The town is preparing to send letters to those who’ve rented a home on Airbnb and ask them to apply for zoning permits with a goal of ensuring that Airbnb […]

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