City of North Myrtle Beach works on short-term rental issues after complaints of large parties, excessive noise, trash, parking

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NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – The City of North Myrtle Beach is working on solutions after complaints about noise, trash and parking issues at short-term rentals.

Residents in and around the 16th Avenue South neighborhood of North Myrtle Beach have asked the city council for regulations on short-term rentals. Many have said they have a growing concern for the “lack of regulations for short-term rentals.”

Community members sent a letter to the city council, saying they don’t have a problem with the people who are renting houses for short-terms, however they say more frequently renters are having large house parties, causing excessive noise, parking issues, and sanitation problems.

“As a rental unit, and therefore a commercial property, there should be a required minimum number of parking spaces and allowable vehicles,” the letter reads. “Too often, we experience vehicles parked along 16th Avenue. The Code of Ordinance Section 21-23 states it is unlawful to park any vehicle within 25 feet of a corner or intersection which will obstruct the view of the traveling public.”

The community members said, “At times it is difficult to sit outside due to the smell of garbage.”

During the city’s workshop on Wednesday, council members talked about ideas such as maximum capacity limits and a permit system for short-term rental properties.

“I applaud them for doing something,” said Jim Shortle. “I just hope they will work with us a little bit because I don’t want them to change things that will adversely affect single-family homes that work through rental agents and condominiums and things like that.”

The city will take the feedback from today’s workshop to help develop new rules to present to the council for consideration.

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