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New Short-Rerm Rental and Campground Guidance

Posted: 5/28/2020

New Short-Rerm Rental and Campground Guidance

Warren County is offering new guidance on short-term rentals as the region continues to meet benchmarks and hopefully moves toward Phase Two in the NY Forward reopening plan. This includes requests of both visitors to these properties and those renting them out.

Over Memorial Day Weekend, Gov. Andrew Cuomo also announced campgrounds could reopen. Warren County issued some helpful links regarding that as well.

Read more below in this press release from Warren County:

Warren County releases new short-term rental guidance

 With the Capital Region moving successfully through Phase One business re-opening and heading towards Phase Two next week, and on the heels of a safe and successful Memorial Day weekend, Warren County has revised its guidance for owners of properties used for short-term rentals in Warren County.

“New York State initially classified accommodations in Phase Three of the NY Forward Re-Opening Plan, but state leaders have modified that initial outlook,” said Capital Region Control Room member Ryan Moore, Warren County’s Administrator. “Hotels and accommodations have always been available to support essential services and the state is now expanding that function in Phase One to recreational travelers including campground and RV park customers, so long as precautions are taken to ensure proper social distancing, cleaning and disinfection protocols. Our revised guidance reflects the state’s revised approach to accommodations.”

Warren County leaders, who until now have respectfully requested property owners not to rent their properties when the pandemic began in March, are now respectfully requesting them to take some basic health and safety precautions if they decide to resume those rentals.

We ask that owners of properties rented for short-term periods, such as through Airbnb and VRBO, follow guidelines to help ensure the safety of their guests and the Warren County residents who live near them.

That guidance, spelled out through the rental organization and CDC web links below, includes an Airbnb request of allowing 24 hours between bookings for thorough room cleaning, use of approved cleaning products and ventilation of rooms.

Warren County Health Services also requests that:

  • Renters in a home should all come from the same household of residence until further notice.
  • Renters should not host outside visitors in their rental (i.e. having friends over or hosting a gathering).
  • Renters should keep track of when and where they travel in case someone becomes ill. It can help later on with contact tracing.
  • Renters should follow established protocols for social distancing and wear a mask as required by the Governor’s order when social distancing can’t be maintained.
  • Renters should continue to limit unnecessary travel and use curbside pick for food and other essential items.

Owners of rental properties were asked to:

  • Have a plan in place to properly disinfect the rental after each visitor leaves, including allowing at least 24 hours between bookings.
  • Have a plan in place to conduct a deep cleaning should a renter become ill while staying in the rentalIn this circumstance, an owner MUST call Warren County Health Services at 518-761-6580 for professional guidance.
  • Display a set of local protocols for visitors from outside of the region regarding mask usage, gatherings, social distancing etc. on the refrigerator
  • Remind renters that should someone become ill while renting they will not be able to “evict” a sick renter since that person is contagious and must be handled in a manner deemed medically appropriate by Warren County Health Services.
  • Post the phone numbers of local ems, fire, hospital, urgent care center, and public health office should someone become sick with signs and symptoms of COVID-19 so the renters can call ahead before going for medical care (obviously if it is an immediate life-threatening situation 911 should be called without delay).

 “We would like to thank those property owners who worked with us to help slow the spread of COVID-19 by halting rentals since March,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Frank Thomas.  “We’re not back to normal yet and we would appreciate your continued cooperation with our requested safety parameters as you rent your properties.”

 Warren County Health Services can be reached at 518-761-6580.


 Campgrounds/RV Parks 

As campgrounds in the region reopen, Warren County also asks that those who operate them follow New York State’s current guidance for campgrounds and RV parks that is available under “Essential Infrastructure” here: https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026

In the absence of more specific guidance for campgrounds and RV parks, Warren County urges such facilities to still complete Safety Plans, available here: (www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/NYS_BusinessReopeningSafetyPlanTemplate.pdf), and to utilize the state’s guidance documents for beaches as a guidepost in doing so:  www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/NYSGuidenceBeachesLakesSummaryGuidance.pdf

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