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Today's Poll

Should state lawmakers pass a bill that would allow municipalities to create ordinances to license and regulate short-term rental properties?
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The state is weighing different methods to rein in the growing number of residential properties listed on short-term rental apps and websites like Airbnb and Vrbo.

West Hartford is trying to address the issue through enforcement of the town’s zoning regulations, which town officials say do not permit short-term rentals.

The issue also has been taken up by the General Assembly, which is considering a bill that would allow municipalities to create ordinances to license and regulate short-term rental properties, as well as to hire experts to help develop regulations to “properly manage these uses.”

A report prepared for legislators about the bill states that “increased traffic, noise, parking issues and other concerns” have prompted many municipalities “to consider efforts to regulate such rentals.”

This is no small fight. According to AirDNA, an app and website that tracks short-term rentals, the market has grown, with 2.46 million active listings nationwide in 2023. As of early April, there were 73 active short-term rental listings in West Hartford, up 49% over the past year, AirDNA said.