NEWPORT NEWS –Short-term rentals, which have been growing in popularity thanks to companies like Airbnb, are now permitted within the city of Newport News.
At its June 28 meeting, the Newport News City Council voted to allow short-term rentals by a 4-3 margin.
The decision left many residents upset, not because City Council is now allowing short-term rentals, but rather because of the restrictions placed on them.
More than 30 people spoke at the meeting, and only one spoke in favor of the restrictions. The main concerns:
- With more and more families consolidating households, some families have an extra home. Being able to use it as a short-term rental is a good option.
- Short-term rentals are a great option for military personnel moving to the area.
- Short-term rentals can provide a welcoming atmosphere.
- Owners should be able to show they are responsible instead of being hampered with a lot of restrictions.
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