Dear Seaglass Village residents:
It has come to our attention that there are some cottages renting out their cottage on their own and not participating in our Rental Program. We know that not everyone may understand why the Rental Program exists and what the participation rules and options are, so please review the explanation below.
Seaglass Village is classified as a lodging facility within the Town of Wells. Lodging facilities are subject to different zoning and other land use regulations than residential uses such as single- or two-family homes or multi-unit developments. Below are some important points excerpted from the Town of Wells code regarding lodging facilities (can be found at https://ecode360.com/7613236)
The licensed lodging facility shall be operated in conformity with the requirements of 30-A M.R.S.A. § 3801 et seq. governing innkeepers and lodging facilities, including keeping a register and a record of departure, as required by § 3821, which shall reference every person renting or occupying any room or unit, including arrival and departure dates.
The innkeeper annually provides a written description of how the innkeeper registers occupants, how the registry and departure records are kept current.
The Code Enforcement Officer shall have the right to inspect the register and the record of departures as well as state lodging tax records for any licensed lodging facility or for any unit contained therein
Any violation of this article or 30-A M.R.S.A. §§ 3801 to 3872 or the failure to abide by any license condition shall constitute a violation of this article. The innkeeper and the owner and any occupant of a room or unit in a lodging facility involved in the violation are each liable for any violation of this article, including a civil penalty of not more than $500 per day. Each day the violation is allowed to continue, after notice thereof, constitutes a separate violation.
Seaglass is required to comply with the town's code, and as such, we have developed the Rental Program to administer and govern rental operations within our community. It's imperative that any cottage with renters be registered through our Rental Office, and renters must check in and out.
The Seaglass Village Rental Program provides three options so that owners can choose the method that works best for you:
Option 1: Rent your cottage entirely on your own. If you choose this route, you are required to register your cottage as a rental cottage by completing the rental contract, and all renters must check in and out with the rental office. A nominal fee is paid to the Association per rental to support staff time to run the program and maintain the appropriate records for the town.
Option 2: Rent your cottage entirely through the Association's rental program. The rental program will fully administer the rental -- from marketing to booking/accounting to cleaning. For this option, a percentage of the rental income in paid to the association.
Option 3 provides you the opportunity to benefit from the marketing/promotion and coordination of the Association's program, while giving you the flexibility to also rent your cottage out on your own. Note that the same rules for renter check-in must be followed.
Please be aware our strict compliance to the Town of Wells' code and rules must be followed, or the Association is subject to tremendous penalties (even up to the removal of our license). This is why the rental program exists, and why we must ensure that every owner renting their cottage follows the rules to the letter.
Any owner not following these rules will be subject to fines and penalties.
Please let us know if you have any additional questions. The GM and/or a member of the Rental Committee would still be happy to meet with you to discuss.