Cherry Hill proposes regulation for rentals — and Muhammad Ali's mansion-turned-Airbnb could feel the sting

Mike DeNardo
September 10, 2019 - 4:14 pm
Muhammad Ali's former Cherry Hill mansion is listed on Airbnb

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CHERRY HILL, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Spurred by complaints over raucous parties at Muhammad Ali's former home in Cherry Hill, the township is now considering a ban on Airbnb and other short-term rentals.

The mansion, once owned by the boxing legend on Winding Drive, has become a popular Airbnb destination for private parties and fundraisers.

For $1,000 a night, you and up to 11 others can stay in the sprawling four-bedroom, four-bath dwelling, where guests can explore the winding staircases, check out the tennis and basketball courts, or float in the pool.

But neighbors have long complained about the noise, traffic and trash from parties at the mansion.

The Cherry Hill Township Council is now considering an ordinance that would ban short-term rentals that are less than 30 days.  

Erin Gill, the mayor's chief of staff, said the township has actually been looking into regulating rentals in residential areas for several years.

"It kind of culminated with this house on Winding Drive, which was kind of the final straw for the township," she said. "It really magnified the issues that short-term rentals bring."

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Violators would face fines of up to $2,000 a day.  

According to rules outlined on the Ali mansion Airbnb listing, management "decided to rent the home for booking over 31 days only." It is unknown when management made this decision.

The renter also encourages long-term visits for a family vacation or corporate stays. "But if you want to use this house for a 'Party for Profit' rental, then this is not the place for you," it says. "If you show up with a DJ, and security or promote your party as an event, you will be turned away and lose your investment."

If the town council approves the law at its Sept. 23 meeting, it would take effect Nov. 1.