Oswego Holds Public Hearing on Amended Short-Term Rentals Order – Shaw Local

The Oswego Village Planning and Zoning Commission will chair a public hearing next week on an amendment to the village’s zoning ordinance that would regulate the short-term rental of homes in the village.

Village staff recommends the commission approve the amendment that would define a short-term rental as any single-family or multi-family dwelling rented for a minimum of three days and a maximum of 30 days.

The amendment would also require Village property owners who wish to offer their homes for short-term rental, as defined in the amended ordinance, to pay an annual listing fee of $2,000 instead of the existing Village Hotel Tax. town.

Bed and breakfasts, motels and hotels would be exempt from the definition of a short-term rental under the amendment.

Currently, the village does not regulate short-term rentals of local homes, which has become an increasingly common practice on websites such as Airbnb and VRBO. Residences in the village have been offered for rent at both sites.

The commission will consider the amendment at its next meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday April 7 at the Village Hall, 100 Parker’s Mill. The public hearing on the amendment will take place during the meeting.

Following the public hearing, the commission will issue an advisory opinion on the amendment. The municipal council will then proceed to the final vote.

The Village Council asked Village staff to investigate potential short-term rental regulations earlier this year in response to landlord complaints. According to a memo from village staff, the village has received three calls for police assistance at short-term rental properties.

Village staff, however, also noted that some villagers said they wanted to be able to rent their house or rent to others on a short-term basis.

“The availability of short-term rentals in Oswego is beneficial to family and friends of current residents who wish to rent homes for vacations or family events. It also offers visitors the opportunity to stay in our community for work or a youth sporting event. Some residents have indicated that they do not support the village limiting the rights or investments of landowners,” village staff wrote in the memo.

Additionally, Village staff noted that legally, the Village’s authority to regulate short-term rentals may be “somewhat narrow in scope” since prohibitions on “short-term rentals have faced constitutional challenges. for taking property without due process, interfering with property rights and privacy rights without due process and in violation of equal protection.

According to a survey of village staff, five out of 12 municipalities and Kendall Count have passed short-term rental regulations.

Kendall County allows short-term rentals in unincorporated areas of the county, but requires landlords to register their properties with the county. Naperville requires homes to be rented for a minimum of 30 days, while Batavia has classified short-term rentals as bed and breakfasts. Plainfield considers short-term rentals to be hotels and requires owners to obtain a special use permit, while Sugar Grove considers short-term rentals to be hotels and has banned them in residential areas.

Aurora, Geneva, Montgomery, Plano, Yorkville and South Elgin have yet to enact short-term rental regulations, according to the survey of village staff.

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