The short-term rental industry should be thrilled by a recent New York appellate court ruling in favor of a man who found himself targeted by his town after renting out one of his rooms over the Internet, a Ballard Spahr attorney says.

In David Fruchter v. The Zoning Board of Appeals of the Town of Hurley, decided in November, the Appellate Division-Third Department sided with Fruchter and stated that, due to the nature and wording of the Town of Hurley’s zoning ordinances, its zoning board could not prohibit residents from renting out rooms to vacationers.

“The short-term rental industry is thrilled or is likely thrilled with the result that supports their views that individual renters and individual residents should have the free ability to rent their units to whomever they want and that these regulations shouldn’t interfere with that right,” said Christopher W. Payne, leader of Ballard Spahr's Resort, Hospitality, and Timeshare Group.