I am an AirBnB host in Rhinebeck Village. I’m concerned about developments in RHINEBECK VILLAGE that are likely to prevent the legal operation of an AirBnB offering within a few weeks.
I contacted several of you last night to ask if you wanted to join forces to make sure our voices are heard. Many of you do. Today I got more information and I am even more concerned.
The Village of Rhinebeck Board of Trustee will be holding a public hearing at a special board meeting to be held on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 7PM at the Village Hall, 76 East Market St, Rhinebeck, NY. The purpose of the public hearing is to discuss the proposed changes to the Rhinebeck Village Zoning Code.
Copies of the proposed changes to the Zoning Code are available at the Village Clerk’s Office (76 East Market Street).
A special zoning commission developed the proposed changes to the Rhinebeck Village Zoning Code. The zoning commission consists of 2 zoning (John Clark and Tim Decker), 2 planning (Al Dekrey and Colton Johnson) and 2 Village board officials (Scott Cruikshank and Brant Neuneker).
Following is a simplified synopsis of what the new regulations will mean for AirBnB hosts.
If the proposed zoning ordinances are adopted ALL Rhinebeck Village AirBnB hosts, other than Commercial B&B establishments using AirBnB, will be not be in compliance. Some hosts may be able to remedy the violations with a modest amount of effort, but others will have to cease operation.
The current ordinances in many instances allow as a right an in home B&B, i.e., private or shared room offered on AirB&B. The proposed ordinances will require the host to apply to the planning board for a special permit for their in home B&B. There are several criteria and hence plenty of room to find multiple subjective reasons to deny the permit.
All AirBnB hosts offering an entire home will not be able to operate legally with a single exception, host who have an alternate dwelling on their property. If you do have an alternate dwelling, you may be able to rent your entire home or your entire alternate dwelling so long as there is a resident host. The proposed ordinances have contradictions for this one exception. A resident host may be required to stay in the primary house and the resident host may be required to be a primary owner.