Wellington approves rules for vacation rentals

August 27, 2020, 4:44 pm

The village received more than a dozen emails opposing one element of the ordinance: A requirement for vacation rental owners to check for renters’ names on the national sex offender registry. If a property is within 2,500 feet of a school, school bus stop or park, it is a violation of Wellington’s code to rent to someone on the registry.

Many of the public’s comments indicated they believed the rules constituted an outright ban on sex offenders being allowed to stay at short-term rental properties.

But officials said that is not the case.

The ordinance doesn’t stop them from renting to someone on the registry, it just requires them to meet the distance requirements,” Village Manager Paul Schofield said.

Other commenters defended sex offenders, saying they, like others convicted of crimes, have served their sentence. Restrictions based on the sex offender registry are a form of further punishment, they said.

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