Brick council OKs short-term home rental ban

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BRICK TOWNSHIP — The township council has adopted an ordinance banning short-term home rentals on the mainland in the township for any period fewer than 30 days. 

The measure, which was adopted unanimously on Tuesday, comes after several years of council exploration of issues that have arisen with short-term rentals.

Under the ordinance, no dwelling, or part of a dwelling, may be rented or leased for a term of fewer than 30 days on the mainland.

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However, minimum rentals of seven days or more of a dwelling unit are permitted from May 15 to Oct. 15 on the barrier island, defined as the area southeast of the Mantoloking Bridge and geographically between the Barnegat Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

Mayor John G. Ducey explained the exception in a phone call with The Ocean Star on Thursday. 

“We have not any complaints of short-term rentals over on the barrier island,” he said. “We think that is because the barrier island is more transient, meaning even the people who own houses out on the barrier island are really only here on weekends or maybe sometimes a week or two during the summer, in addition to the weekends.”

“It’s not as much of a concern as it is here on the mainland,” the mayor continued.

Council President Lisa Crate said Tuesday night that the council’s Land Use Committee presented the new ordinance to help code enforcement address problems that have surfaced with short-term rentals. 

“This ordinance enables the township to act to ensure that landlords be held to sufficient standards of responsibility in order to preserve the peace and tranquility of the township for our permanent residents,” she said. 

“The committee has been discussing how to best manage problems with short-term rentals for six years. This council enacted a responsible landlord ordinance, hoping it would help by keeping landlords responsible, and it has helped, but only as it relates to long-term tenants. 

“Over time, we found the responsible landlord ordinance is not successful in addressing problems with short-term rentals and complaints have increased greatly. The committee reviewed ordinances from local municipalities and found the Toms River ordinance to be more in line with what would be most beneficial for Brick.”

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