‘Animal House’ issues spur move to extend rental rules

The borough council is planning to adopt an "animal house" ordinance that would extend regulations governing summer rentals to all-year rentals to deal with disruptive and unruly behaviors of tenants. [FiILE PHOTO THE OCEAN STAR]

POINT PLEASANT BEACH — Seasonal rental regulations would remain in force year-round under an ordinance introduced by the borough council, Tuesday night. The measure was proposed after residents and officials at a previous meeting expressed concerns about “animal house” behavior of some local tenants. 

The measure, which is now scheduled for a public hearing and possible approval vote at the next council meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 20, could make the borough’s current seasonal rental regulations part of its overall housing ordinance and impose suspension or revocation of a landlord’s rental license in the event of multiple violations.

“It looks like we have a house in town that has been causing a lot of neighbors in town angst over the past couple of years, and we have a landlord who is not doing the right thing,” said Mayor Stephen Reid. “So, we had to take steps to basically expand our animal house ordinance to cover year-round rentals. Before that, it was for seasonal [rentals].

“Now we will have some teeth in an ordinance, and we will go after landlords who are not doing the right thing by putting in people who have no regard for their neighbors and the law.”

Borough attorney Steven A. Zabarsky described the proposed measure as “an ordinance for everybody in town. It’s not just because of one person. This is going to be an ordinance just like the animal house ordinance. It will be an ordinance for everybody that rents to anybody in town. It will eliminate the seasonal aspect … It applies to everyone equally.”

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