- Associated Press - Monday, September 7, 2015

ASHLAND, Va. (AP) - Ashland is considering restricting hotel room stays to 29 days in a six-month period.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/1IT7J5E ) the effort is in response to a series of crimes occurring at hotels in the area. Authorities say many hotels have people who live there for months at a time and that they end up being magnets for crime.

Police say they frequently respond to disputes between tenants, noise complaints and calls about drug use.

Mayor George Spagna says the hotels aren’t designed for long-term occupancy.

The proposed implementation date for the ordinance is July 1. Hotel owners say they rent to families and others who aren’t the source of police calls. They say their renters are plagued by poor credit or can’t afford a security deposit to rent an apartment.


Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, https://www.timesdispatch.com

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