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Life safety only matters for certain homes, in certain zoning areas?

Summary of the Article

The article discusses a petitioned warrant in Conway that aims to regulate short-term rentals (STRs) in residential neighborhoods. Filed by Sun Publisher Mark Guerringue, the warrant, if passed, would restrict one- and two-family homes from being rented out for more than 30 days a year unless they meet state safety code standards. This rule would not apply in commercial zones. Short-term rentals are defined as properties rented for more than 30 nights a year that are not long-term leases. Properties rented for shorter periods, like 15 weekends or four single weeks a year, don’t fall under this definition. The regulation demands that STRs conform to various state safety and fire codes. Guerringue's objective is to balance property rights with community interests, aiming to slow down the increase in property values driven by investors and to improve the housing situation in town. The article also mentions opposing views from the Mt. Washington Valley Association for Responsible Rentals and highlights the challenges in enforcement and legal complexities.

Opinion on Life Safety in All Homes

The principle of life safety is fundamental and should be uniformly applicable to all homes, regardless of their rental status or frequency. A home rented for 25 days a year should not be less safe than one rented for 30 days or more. The safety of occupants should be a paramount concern, and it should not fluctuate based on rental patterns. It's perplexing why homes in commercial zones are exempt from these safety standards. If the intent of the regulation is to ensure the safety and well-being of residents and guests, then this principle should be universally applied. Allowing certain zones or rental frequencies to bypass safety regulations creates a loophole that compromises the overall intent of these laws. Ensuring life safety in all homes, irrespective of their location or rental duration, is not just a matter of regulatory compliance, but a moral imperative to protect the lives and well-being of all individuals who reside in or visit these properties.

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