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Temporary Moratorium on Short Term Rentals

Ellicottville Village Board discusses public health threat during special meeting

The Ellicottville Village Board held a Special Meeting via conference call this past Wednesday to discuss a temporary suspension or moratorium on all short term rentals. There have been concerns regarding certain short term rental businesses that have marketed Ellicottville as a safe refuge for people who live in urban areas to seek shelter from the current COVID-19 pandemic.

On March 7, 2020, the Governor of New York declared a State of Emergency and issued a set of emergency Executive Orders, which amongst other things placed NYS on a “pause” to encourage self-isolation and the shut down of non-essential businesses to the maximum extent possible. The Village of Ellicottville exists as a resort community of approximately 400 people with no hospital or the ability to provide sufficient personal protection equipment, quarantine services or health personnel to address a larger population.

Per the Village Board, it has been determined that there now exists a threat to public health in the Village of Ellicottville, exacerbated by the solicitation of Ellicottville as a refuge. As a result, no licenses for Short Term Rentals will be issued for the next 90 days unless the Governor’s Emergency Declaration is rescinded. There will be no marketing or solicitation for any Short Term Rentals within the Village Limits for current licensees or currently permitted zoning districts.

There was a motion by the Board to have Mayor John Burrell sign the Moratorium; a second and ayes carried.

There was a motion to adjourn the Special Meeting; a second and ayes carried.