The Town of Canadice has adopted a short-term rental law, which requires landlords to get a permit for their property, which will also require an inspection from the building and zoning department.
The idea for the law is not new, having been discussed all last summer, having a public hearing last August, and the town board passing the law in January of this law. However, a postcard sent to all residents in early May to inform them of the law, and that permits have to be applied for before Nov. 1 of this year has caused much controversy in the town. A copy of the postcard is posted on the Canadice town website, as well as a copy of the law.
The law applies to any structures, campgrounds, tents, or tenting platforms that are rented for less than 31 days. It does not apply to motels, hotels, bed and breakfasts, or month to month ongoing tenancies.
The permits are valid for two years and not transferable to new owners. They must include contact information for all owners, and permission for the zoning officer to inspect the place to ensure it meets uniform zoning codes and has fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, and a filed floor plan that would allow no more than 2 people per bedroom, for a maximum occupancy of 12 people, and enough parking spaces for occupants. Landlords must also show proof of fire and liability insurance.
If the landlord falsifies information, or does not comply with the law, the permit to rent short-term can be revoked, with an appeal process through the zoning board of appeals.