This cabin in Ebeemee Township, near Dover-Foxcroft, is like many that are being used as Airbnb and Vrbo properties in rural Maine. The short-term rental listings are impacting residents in unorganized territories, prompting land planning commissioners to consider limits on the properties. Credit: Courtesy of Dorothea Perkins, Realty of Maine

The Land Use Planning Commission stopped short of issuing a moratorium on short-term rentals in unorganized territories on Wednesday, but said the proliferation of Airbnb and Vrbo listings — numbering more than 500 — is resulting in complaints from residents in those areas. But currently recourse is difficult because little is known about the rental owners.

Commission Executive Director Stacie Beyer said she wants to hold public meetings during the summer to get feedback from residents and information from rental owners.

“Our plan is to develop a work plan for how to proceed with research and seeking input from the community,” Beyer said.

The commission is considering requiring that short-term rental owners provide notice to the towns and meet minimum performance standards when they have guests.

Among residents’ complaints is the strain on territory wastewater systems that are designed based on the number of bedrooms a property has, but can be overwhelmed when short-term rental occupancy exceeds capacity limits. Parking and noise issues have also been reported.

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