Lavallette eyes new summer rental, building regulations – Lavallette-Seaside Shorebeat

Lavallette water tower, February 2022. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Lavallette officials are considering options in response to concerns about short-term seasonal rentals as well as construction noise on summer weekends.

Rental regulations (and why they’re high now)

City officials on the Jersey Shore have recently expressed concerns about soaring real estate prices, which has led investors to buy heavily mortgaged homes and then rent them out using online services. In other parts of the country, particularly Florida, this has resulted in the degradation of business districts as they are sacrificed for more residential development, and a loss of year-round residents as fewer people can afford to stay in their hometown. In the long term, depopulation could have an effect on the viability of a town’s school district, affecting its tax status and overall community character.

Then, of more immediate impact, are homes owned by absentee owners who don’t care to rent out their properties as “party houses” for the weekends.

Lavallette’s Ordinance Committee, led by Councilor Joanne Filippone, recommends that Borough Council put in place a number of bylaws that will govern high season rental properties, whether rented by a private landlord, broker digital or a traditional real estate agent. The committee’s proposal calls for a minimum rental period of seven days between May 15 and September 15 each year.

“Our other recommendation is that rental properties in town — all rental properties — be registered with the city,” Filippone said. “It would be a one-time registration – not every year, once – and you would provide proof of insurance.”

“The listing process, strictly this process, is a step in the right direction,” agreed Mark Speaker of the Lavallette Business Association, telling members of the governing body that most local real estate agents with whom he spoke are favorable. “It’s not bulky, and most people seem to think that look is a good idea.”

The registration scheme would allow the municipality to improve police orders for tenancies and leave open the possibility of punishing offenders.

“If they are registered we will know where they are, and it will be useful for the police to know that if they go somewhere they might not meet the owner of the property,” Filippone said.

Construction noise can be limited

The same committee, in response to complaints from residents, recommended weekend construction noise regulations. According to the proposal, the limitations would be in place from May 15 to September 15, along with rental restrictions.

The two construction practices identified as the noisiest, pile driving and demolition, would be banned on Saturdays and Sundays during the summer season, and any noisy construction machinery would be banned from use on Sundays.

The order is intended to target only commercial construction projects rather than simple home repairs and maintenance, officials said.

“The intent of the committee was not to prevent an owner from making simple basic repairs,” Filippone said. “Now if the owner is a contractor, brings in his workers and starts making noise with the equipment, that might be a different story. I would say start with commercial construction and see if that takes care of it. »

Mayor Walter LaCicero asked Borough Attorney Philip G. George to look into the matter and draft a draft ordinance that would regulate noise-producing construction while exempting reasonable residential maintenance projects.

“If I want to nail a board to my fence, is that considered construction?” he asked, rhetorically, emphasizing an open question.

“A lot of contractors use generators,” adviser David Finter said. “It’s really the noise that’s the problem.”

Filippone said the ordinance will most likely cover commercial construction work in the city, but council – and the public – will return to debate once a draft ordinance is drafted and can be presented.

As for the two sets of regulations: “None of this has been voted on yet,” Filippone said.

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