Massanutten Controversy

By: Meg Gatto
By: Meg Gatto

According to residents, the quiet of this Massanutten neighborhood today is just a facade for the wild activities that go on here during the weekend due to short term renters.

Carol Longings a Massanutten resident says, "There have been as many as 20 people there and they party from the time they get there till the time they leave-they're partying and they come in and crash the place and we have to come and clean it up."

Carol Longings and her neighbor, Janice Crouch, each live on either side of a home that is constantly being rented out on the weekends. They say they have complained many times to the owners of the home whom, they say, don't know the full extent of how much partying goes on during the weekends.

"We contacted them once by phone and he got very ugly about it, calling us a liar about the people that were over there. We called and said there were 25 people, he claims, there were 10...so they don't speak to us and we don't speak to them," says Carol Longings.

The neighbors are hoping that a new rule banning short term rentals in Massanutten will go into effect.

"To me, I don't like it because I have 20 new neighbors every week, every other week, next door and you can see how close my driveway is to their house, so it's just not safe for my children," says Jenise Crouch.

The women say they fear their only option left will be to move out of Massanutten.

"I know there's an appeal thats going to be going in front of the board but we have talked about if more houses were made into rentals, we would have to move," says Jenise Crouch.


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