CENTRE COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Following a series of nuisance reports, State College is reviewing its short-term rental ordinance.
“A lot of the activity we’re seeing isn’t causing issues,” Borough Planning & Community Development Director Ed LeClear said. “Unfortunately, it’s those few properties that really do become a disturbance that really necessitated this kind of an ordinance.”
About 200 properties in the borough are used for short-term rentals, based on a review of listings by third-party vendor Granicus Host Compliance. Often, they’re listed on sites like Airbnb and VRBO.
To better manage these rentals, a proposed license would require properties to be used as a primary residence for at least one person, for a minimum of eight months out of the year.
It would also reduce the number of days the property can be rented to 60 days a year. Additionally, there must be one parking space per on-site bedroom.
Property owners who rent out their spaces currently pay a 175-dollar yearly fee.
LeClear said they will be in contact with current short-term rental property owners to notify them of any changes.
“We understand that a lot of folks have agreements to lease their properties on a short-term basis throughout football season,” LeClear said. “This isn’t going to be a situation where we’re going to try to stop activity that you’ve already had in place.”
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LeClear said he expects the number of listings to increase as football season begins.
The State College Borough Council will vote on the license during their August 15 meeting.