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Council Member Eyes Short-Term Rentals

Council Member Eyes

Short-Term Rentals

Frazier at the July 30 meeting of the Common Council. (Parker Fish/

By PARKER FISH • Special to

ONEONTA – With the end of the 2018 tourist season quickly approaching,  Common Council member Michele Frazier is getting ready to tackle the city’s short-term rental laws.

Room-sharing apps such as Airbnb and VRBO have raised concerns across the city about the standing short-term rental policies.

Cooperstown Adopts New Short Term Rental Law

Cooperstown Adopts 

Short-Term Rental Law

Public comment over, Village Attorney Martin Tillapaugh said he believes the new law can be defended. (Parker Fish/
Jim Potts, who owns a non-conforming short-term rental in Cooperstown, voices his concerns about the new regulations.

COOPERSTOWN – Before a crowd too large to be seated in the board room, village trustees this evening unanimously adopted a controversial short-term rental law, aimed at better controlling the spread of tourist accommodations.

Near the end of a self-imposed moratorium on short-term rentals, scheduled to last until March, the law is structured to discourage non-resident parties from investing in and renting out properties in Cooperstown.

“It seems like we’re just creating false barriers here,” said village resident Jim Potts, who said he owns one of the nine non-conforming rental properties.

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