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    Sunday, September 25, 2022

    STRs should play by the same rules

    In response to The Day’s editorial, “Regulate the short-term rental industry,” (Sept. 15), I would like to point out that enforcement of regulations, fines and permits is very difficult for an officer of zoning and often pits neighbor against neighbor to record and photograph those violators. STRs are commercial businesses and inconsistent with residential neighborhoods. Residential zoning should preserve and protect the residential character and quality of life in our residential neighborhoods.

    Most residential homeowners would like to offset their mortgage payments and taxes by supplementing their income. Hairdressers, white-collar professionals, shop owners, from brewers to auto mechanics, who comply with zoning are obliged to rent or purchase commercial office space or workshops elsewhere. STR owners should be obliged to do the same.

    Is it fair to permit STRs while others operate their business outside of their homes to comply with the current zoning regulations? STRs are not a permitted use. What is good for one business in a residential setting should be good for all. Commercial businesses belong in commercial zones and not in our residential neighborhoods. To permit STRs and to not allow other businesses to exist in our residential zones is not justifiable.

    Mary Cuthbert


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