21 Church Street, Vernon, NJ 07462
The Township of Vernon has contracted with Host Compliance/Granicus, a firm that specializes in finding operators that advertise short term stays on various hotel reservation websites. The firm gathers publicly available detailed rental and location data from many hotel reservation websites on the internet, then synthesizes the information and matches it to the owner of the property using global positioning longitude and latitude coordinates with pictures when appropriate.
The properties of unregistered, short term rental (STR) operators who advertised on AirBnB, VRBO/Home Away, Evolve etc. reservation site(s) have been identified and must now be registered with the township and inspected.
Prior to the short term rental ordinance (Ordinance #20-09) being passed, the Vernon Township Council passed Ordinance #20-05, Ordinance #20-07 and then Ordinance #21-33 which allow for the collection of a 3% tax for all income derived from a property advertised for rent. This 3% tax goes back to March 30, 2020 for all rentals of said property.
It is our hope that property owners will be in compliance with the Vernon Township ordinances as soon as possible and remain that way. The township does not want to be forced to take legal action for failure to comply. Fines for non-compliance range from $250 to $500 per violation, per day. If you have any questions, please contact the Vernon Township Administrator, Charles Voelker, at 973.764.4055, ext. 2275.
Residents who believe a neighboring property is not in compliance with Vernon’s short term rental ordinance may call 973.240.5626 to report suspected violations.