LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE 3) - A family in eastern Jefferson County said they are concerned for their safety after their neighbor started to allow short-term rentals via sites like AirBnB and Vacation Rental By Owner in the neighborhood off Beckley Hills Drive.
Since May, the Griffin family said their neighborhood has been plagued with noise, dozens of cars parked along their street, and unfamiliar faces with questionable behavior.
"When we moved to Louisville, which was around three years ago, we did not expect to be living across from a hotel essentially," Debra Griffin said. "I have a 10-year-old son and a husband who travels a lot, so for me to be across the street from something like that is very scary."
The family said the neighborhood is designed for families and is not near any tourist attractions, so it's unclear why anyone would want to rent in their neighborhood.
The Griffins said without knowing who is renting the home, they aren't able to conduct background checks or find out the intentions of those renting next door.
"This can happen in any neighborhood, not just ours," Debra Griffin's husband, Ron Griffin, said. "Not tolerable in a single-family-zoned neighborhood."
But an ordinance passed in August 2016 now allows for short-term rentals that are less than 30 days.
Applying for short-term rental is a several-step process but it is legal. All hosts must register each of their short-term rentals annually. It costs $25 per registration.
Depending on how your home is zoned, you may also need to apply for a conditional-use permit. The process is a little more involved and would notify neighbors of your intentions to rent. The Griffins said they feel such rentals shouldn't be allowed at all in a family neighborhood.
"It's definitely a neighborhood with lots of children," Debra Griffin said. "And this was just alarming to everyone in the neighborhood."
The family advises checking your Homeowners Association bylaws immediately. For the Griffins, theirs is broad, something they're hoping to change. They said that if the rules don't change, their address will.
"Therefore, we will have to sell our house because I am not comfortable with it," Debra Griffin said.
The Griffins said they've been advised by city officials to call 311 and keep careful track of incidents.
WAVE 3 News reached out to the Griffins' neighbors but did not get a reply.