CONYERS — The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners (BOC) will have the second reading of two short-term vacation rental (STVR) ordinances and vote on the ordinances at its meeting Tuesday at 10 a.m.
The issue over whether or not the county should adopt and enforce ordinances governing STVRs or ban them altogether has been a hot and heavy one. Short-term vacation rentals have come under fire following several incidents of violence, noise, damage to property, and traffic congestion at STVRs in the county during the past year. Reports of similar incidents, including several murders, at STVRs in numerous cities around the country have added fuel to the fire.
There have been questions as to how many short-term vacation rentals are actually in the county. According to Planning and Zoning Director Kc Krzic, the county has only been able to verify 20 STVR locations in Rockdale. However, several rental sites online list hundreds of homes available in the Rockdale County area. Airbnb lists more than 300 homes, Vacation Rentals By Owners (VRBO) lists 243 homes, and Rent By Owners lists 173. It is not known how many