§ 98.01  LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS AND INTENT.
   The Town Council of the Town of Middletown, Rhode Island, finds:
   (A)   The Constitution of the State of Rhode Island, Article XIII, Section 2, grants to the Town of Middletown the power to “enact and amend local laws relating to its property, affairs and government” as long as such local laws are consistent with the Constitution and laws enacted by the General Assembly. This delegation of power includes the police power to enact reasonable legislation to regulate and supervise rental dwellings in order to protect the public health, safety and welfare;
   (B)   Short-term residential rentals in Middletown have been the source of noise, congestion, pollution, and rowdy and disorderly behavior involving tenants and other persons on and near the premises, particularly between the hours of 10:00  p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Activities on and near the premises of short-term residential rentals have also been associated with a disproportionate number of  violations of Town ordinances, including the Noise Abatement Chapter, §§ 130.75 through 130.91, the Zoning Code, Chapter 152, and the Parking Regulations, Chapter 72, as well as violations of various Rhode Island statutes.
   (C)   These conditions have disturbed the peace of the neighborhoods in which they have occurred; they have violated the repose, comfort and quiet enjoyment of persons in their homes; they have produced unreasonable disturbances of the peace, and they are inconsistent with the public health and safety and the general welfare of the people.
   (D)   The intent of this chapter is to eliminate, so far as is reasonably possible, the adverse conditions described above in order to protect residents of the Town, while preserving the right of residential property owners to rent their property, for either short or long term, without undue restrictions.
(Ord. passed 11-16-99; Am. Ord. 2017-3, passed 1-17-17)