It may be the middle of summer, but there's still time to squeeze in a trip down at the Jersey Shore. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.
Generations of the Latt family have been renting the same house on Long Beach Island for 45 years. This year, the first summer since Superstorm Sandy, things have changed.
"The beach is different here at ship bottom, the beach, the water is almost, I mean there isn't much beach at all anymore," says Loretta Latt, a beach house renter.
The 18-mile stretch of Long Beach Island is in better shape than some areas of the Jersey shore though, with a good number of houses still in the rental pool.
"On Long Beach Island I would say probably 95 percent of our inventory, maybe even a little bit better is available. So there are still plenty of weeks but most brokers they're down, and I'm hearing from most brokers 20 to 30 percent," says Randy Sinor of Mary Allen Realty.
While the inventory is still strong, the pillow talk indicates that interest is off. This year, sheet and towel rentals are down.
"We used to do 40 to 50 deliveries on a Saturday. Now we are down to 15 to 20. So it's coming back slowly but it's gonna take some time," says Joe Swatic of Bed & Bath Linen Rentals.
So the good news is, if you are looking for a last-minute beach rental, chances are good you can still get one, especially after Labor Day when rates are lower.
"September is the best time at the Jersey Shore, there is no doubt about it, the water is warm, the humidity is gone everything is still open," says Brenda Heffelfinger, a Jersey shore homeowner.
Here’s some things to remember when renting a home anytime this summer. Consider the number of bedrooms you need, and how close to the beach you want to be. Check to see if linens, beach chairs and beach tags are included.
And finally, read the contract carefully. It will spell out your responsibilities that can be as mundane as taking out the trash.