Toms River Mayor: Pool Rentals Illegal in Toms River

Toms River is cracking down on pool rentals.

The Mayor today released the following statement:

Several websites, including one called acts as a booking agent between pool owners and swimmers. Homeowners place photos of their pools online and offer to rent them for several hours or the entire day. The Toms River Municipal Code specifically makes this rental illegal. Summonses will be issued for these violations of the Township Ordinance.

Toms River prohibits property owners from renting any “amenities”, including swimming pools. It is also illegal to advertise, either in print or online, the illegal pool rentals. Mayor Maurice “Mo” Hill stated, “We have ordinances in place to protect not only the integrity and peacefulness of neighborhoods but the overall health and safety of residents.”

Mayor Hill has instructed the Township’s Code Enforcement Division as well as the Quality of Life Unit to periodically view these public listings and then issue summonses to homeowners who are violating the local codes. “In addition to violating the Township Code, these rentals illegally convert private swimming pools into public pools in violation of state, local, and Ocean County Health Department regulations. As well as receiving any locally imposed fines, homeowners who violate the code will be referred to the appropriate state agency for additional enforcement. Additionally, rental of a privately owned pool may compromise their homeowner insurance coverage,” said Mayor Hill.

Homeowners offering pool rentals should be aware that this is illegal within Toms River. We also seek to educate residents as to the potential dangers of these illegal rentals. Anyone with information on an illegal pool rental should contact the Township’s Code Enforcement Division at 732-341-1000 Extension 8440.

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  1. Exactly which law does this violate?
    If someone has a car, he can rent it out on Turo. If he has a house he can rent it out on Airbnb. So why should a pool be any different?
    Just asking

    • Just an educated guess:
      1. Zoning laws can and do restrict the uses permitted at any property;
      2. In residential neighborhoods, it makes sense that neighbors would not appreciate large, loud groups of people frequently jamming the streets and making a racket;
      3. Pools present very significant health and safety issues, from the risk of infection, accidents and drownings.

      All these issues authorize local government to have oversite of pool rentals.

      BTW, while you may be able to rent a personal vehicle through a website, check what happens to your insurance coverage when the vehicle is now in commercial use.

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