AVON

Avon City Council was slated to review emergency legislation Monday declaring a six-month moratorium on short-term rentals of residential properties. Law Director John Gazior told West Life last Wednesday the effort was twofold: to immediately stop owners from listing homes on rental websites like Airbnb or VRBO, and to give the city time to research and develop an ordinance for council.

Gazior said the action was prompted after being contacted by a homeowner and council person about a residence in the Camelot subdivision that appeared used for short-term rental.

The homeowner reported comings and goings of multiple vehicles and expressed concern about safety of neighborhood families and children. Homes in the subdivision are valued in the mid-$300,000s to $400,000.

A number of local communities have passed legislation to prevent problems with short-term rentals like the one that occurred in fall 2019 in Bay Village where hundreds showed up for a party at a Lake Road address. The party drew more than a dozen complaints from neighbors about traffic and noise issues. Other communities, including Rocky River and North Olmsted, have considered or passed similar legislation.

Gazior said the moratorium will not impact bed and breakfasts in the city, which are already regulated through separate ordinances.

Contact freelance writer Michele Murphy at avonlakemurphy@gmail.com.

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