This past year, we’ve been reporting on the problems around affordable housing in the Adirondack region. At times, people have referred to it as a “crisis.”
Here are some recent examples:
In the Explorer, Jamie Organski reports from Old Forge about the friction between landlords and locals around the proliferation of short-term rentals, as the town looks for ways to regulate rentals that cater to short stays.
And in May, we had this story in the Explorer that looked at the lack of affordable housing in Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. As part of that article, reporter Mike De Socio spoke with three women who shared their stories and experiences.
For this discussion, I’d like to focus in on short-term rentals and whether communities should play an active role in trying to reign them in, or let the market play itself out.
The question: “Should communities take steps to regulate short-term rentals?”
Above photos from around Old Forge show plenty of “for rent” signs but the vast majority are advertising short-term, vacation rentals. Photos by Jamie Organski