Joining other local municipalities such as Jackson and Toms River, in banning short-term rentals, Howell’s Town Council this week voted on final reading to ban homeowners from renting out their homes on a short-term basis, for less than 90 days.
The Council also voted on final reading to ban all rentals – for any purpose and for any period of time – of a homes “amenity, feature, or accessory”, including swimming pools, pool cabanas, accessory structures, hot tubs, decks, patios, yards, and the like.
The ordinance also includes a prohibition on advertising any such non-permitted rental.
Howell Township’s existing housing rental ordinances provide for a violation of up to $2,000 per day that a violation occurs.
In enacting this new rental ban, the Town Council amended the ordinance to include that the Township shall also have the right to enjoin violations of this section in any Court of competent jurisdiction by way of Order to Show Cause or similar process, with costs of enforcement being assessed as a lien against the subject property.
The new ban comes following residents’ outrage at raucous parties thrown by renters using Airbnb and other rental sites. There are currently 300 rentals in Howell advertised on Airbnb.