Some homeowners are now renting out their homes and rental properties short term through Airbnb, Home Away and VRBO, to name a few. This somewhat recent phenomenon in the NW Corner and surrounding areas has been ubiquitous in urban centers for years, offering more affordable and unique options to hotels. Considering our limited local hotel rooms, particularly during peak seasons, this option has been a popular and lucrative alternative.
A recent search on the Airbnb website found over 300 choices of housing options in the TriCorner, including Southern Columbia, Southern Berkshire, Northern Dutchess, and Northern Litchfield Counties.
Some of the considerations in running such an operation include one’s ability to deal with inquiries, reservations, pets, preparation for, and cleaning up after guests. Some investors are actually buying homes to rent out on a short-term basis. It would be wise to check with the local town Planning and Zoning Board to make sure that one is adhering to applicable ordinances.