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Summer rentals or party houses?

Posted by Scott Van Voorhis August 9, 2013 07:00 AM

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I guess it's a time honored practice in Hull, but it definitely wouldn't work in Natick, where I live, or for most of us who don't live near the ocean or on a lake.

Hull residents who live by the water have for years - scratch that, make it centuries - have been earning a little extra cash on the side by renting their houses out in the summer, the Globe South reports.

However, in a fit of either unbridled NIMBYism or just common sense, depending on your point of view, Hull has ordered four families in town to stop renting out their homes during the summer months.

No summer rentals allowed in a residential neighborhood, the building commissioner had decreed!

Actually, the party crashers, so to speak, were the neighbors, who have filed complaints about "incessant partying and late night noise" at some of the summer rentals in the "scenic Kenberma section" of town, the paper reports.

Here's an excerpt, which quotes the lawyer for the Hull residents who say they are fed up with summer rentals.

His clients have had to put up with "incessant partying and late night noise . . . fraternity and sorority type behaviors, the trash that becomes strewn through the neighboring properties, and the abusive language and conduct by some of the weekly renters who care principally about getting the most out of their week, rather than the welfare of the neighborhood," he said

It looks right now to be just a Hull thing, with towns along the South Shore and Cape still letting folks rent out their homes during the summer, the Globe South finds in this companion piece.

What's your take? Would you rent your house out for a few weeks to make some extra cash? Is it worth the risk that your home might end up being wrecked by a group of overeager vacationers?

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Scott Van Voorhis is a freelance writer who specializes in real estate and business issues.

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