- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 11, 2019

LACONIA, N.H. (AP) - A mearestricting the operation of short-term rental lodging facilities in a New Hampshire city was approved.

Laconia Mayor Ed Engler broke a 3-3 tie on Tuesday to pass a change the city’s zoning ordinance that adds language regulating short-term rentals, the Laconia Daily Sun reported.

Residents of The Weirs will be able to offer their property for short-term rental, but it will be banned in other parts of the city unless the owner lives on the premises for at least 150 days each year.

The city council did make an exception for those who operate summer seasonal dwelling units and agreed to consider that properties that have been used for a short-term rental for at least 10 years will be granted exceptions.

Council members gave preliminary approval to the regulations at their Nov. 25 meeting when they passed the measure on its first reading.

Supporters of the amendment said the regulations are necessary in order to ensure the orderly operation of short-term facilities and prevent hotels from operating without permits in residential neighborhoods. But critics said the regulations are too restrictive.

The council agreed to change the definition of those facilities to mean those lasting between one and 14 consecutive nights.

Engler has long supported the regulations and said short-term rentals in the city are a new phenomenon that are being pushed by out-of-state investors eager to cash in on the widespread growth of platforms like Airbnb.

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