New Regulations for all Transient Rentals

At its monthly meeting on December 10, the Town Board unanimously adopted a local law regulating “Transient Rentals” in the Town of Hillsdale. The law defines Transient Rentals as the rental or lease of any dwelling to a “Transient Guest” for a period of fewer than 30 days (excluding hotels, motels, inns, and B&Bs).  Transient Rentals include listings booked through online platforms, such as Airbnb and Home Away.

Among its provisions, the law requires Transient Rental owners to:

  • First – obtain a Special Permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), and
  • Second – obtain a Certificate of Occupancy or Certificate of Compliance from the Town Building Inspector.

According to Peter Cipkowski, Town Supervisor, “Like many towns in Columbia County, Hillsdale has become a popular destination for short-term renters. This provides economic opportunities but also raises some safety concerns. With this new law, we are providing pragmatic guidelines that require a local contact in case of emergency and periodic inspections.”

The law requires an inspection of all Transient Rentals by the Building Inspector for compliance with the NYS Uniform Code at the time the applicable Certificate is obtained and subsequently as required by the county or state law.  The owner is responsible for the payment of inspection fees.

The law also requires the Transient Rental owner to provide current information of a local contact person who must reside within 20 miles of the Transient Rental and be available at all times for the purpose of responding promptly to complaints. If the owner’s principal residence is not located within the county, the local contact person, or other agents who reside in the county, must be designated as agent for service of the legal process and all other notices.

Finally, the new local law has provisions designed to ensure that occupants of a Transient Rental remain good neighbors and makes Special Permits nontransferable.

A complete copy of this local law is available here.

For questions and information about fees, contact Lee Heim, Hillsdale’s Code Enforcement Officer.