CONYERS — Rockdale County could have new ordinances regulating short-term rental property by the first of the year. That was the assessment given by Planning and Zoning Director Kc Krzic at the Board of Commissioners’ work session June 18.
Short-term vacation rentals came to the attention of many residents in Conyers in April when there was a shooting incident at a home being rented through Airbnb Inc. in the Martha’s Vineyard subdivision off Ga. Highway 20. No one was injured, but five people, all from out of town and staying at the home, were arrested following the incident for weapon and drug violations and warrants from other states.
Renting their homes for short-term vacations has become a way for homeowners to make money. A check of several rental sites on Google, including Airbnb Inc., found more than 300 home listings in the Conyers area, ranging in rates from $36 a night for two guests to $237 a night for a six-bedroom home.
More than 80 residents came to a BOC work session in May to request a moratorium on the rentals until regulations can be developed and put into place.
Krzic said her department began looking at short-term rentals last year and has been trying to decide how to develop regulations that will address everyone’s needs.
“Our Code Enforcement officers have received complaints,” Krzic said. “We have been working on those since I arrived in this position (Krzic was hired in October 2017). There are also citizen calls that come into our office regularly. So we’re aware of what’s happening and where it’s happening and how it’s happening.”
Krzic said in crafting the regulations, they have several priorities to consider:
♦ Housing availability;
♦ Neighborhood suitability;
♦ Quality of life;
♦ Economic development; and
♦ Public safety.
She said they already have some draft requirements to look at, including: