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Possible Rent Legislation Coming to Worcester County

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SNOW HILL, Md. - The Worcester County Commissioners will vote on pieces of legislation affecting homeowners who rent their properties. 

The commissioners proposed several pieces of legislation on July 16. One of them requires all property owners to obtain a license in order to rent a home, townhouse, apartment, cottage, cabin and other buildings.

Commissioner Joshua Nordstrom said that the new bills will help protect locals from the influx of visitors during the summer months. 

"It protects the people who already live here and live here year round, who pay taxes here, and the people who vote for us. We want to take great care of them," said Nordstrom. "We want them to be able to live their lives they're accustomed to the rest of the year."

A public hearing will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the Worcester County Government Center. The Coastal Association of Realtors will speak on the behalf of the association and its 1,000 members. The association defends people's property rights and they have concerns about the legislation.

President-elect Joe Wilson said the new legislation will infringe on the rights of the homeowner.

"By limiting the amount of people who can stay in a home, they're limiting the amount of income they could make each week. So that would hurt their potential to rent and limit the amount of money they could make," said Wilson. 

Other bills that will be voted on pertain to mobile and manufactured home park licenses, hotel rental tax, and zoning in regards to boarding and lodging rentals.

The vote is expected to happen Tuesday, unless the commissioners decide to alter or remove terms of the bills.

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