The Day – Hotels in the middle of the neighborhood

Short-term rentals (STR) refer to rentals of private homes for less than 30 days. I am concerned about the impact of STRs on our neighborhoods and communities.

STRs are hotels located in the middle of residential areas. The residential areas were not designed to handle the activities of hotel guests on vacation: traffic, parking, noise, waste. Hotels are built in commercial areas because such zoning is designed to accommodate such activity.

Guests who rent STRs do not contribute to our communities. They are not expected to support our school systems, our libraries or our emergency services. After their vacation, they return to their quarters.

The rental prices that STRs can charge, from $2,000 to $3,000/week, also have an impact on the local housing market. Can our working and/or middle class families afford monthly rents of $8,000 to $12,000/month? They can not. Online real estate sites list homes for sale as “potential STR property”, which increases the sale price as business entities often buy them.

The City of Groton Zoning Commission should enforce our current bylaws. STRs do not appear under “Permitted Uses”. Thus, they are illegal.

Maintain safe neighborhoods.

Linda Vogel

Mystical

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