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Nesquehoning sets short-term rental rules

Nesquehoning residents wishing to rent out their homes for short-term rentals now have guidelines that need to be met to do so.

On Wednesday, borough council officially adopted the new ordinance, which provides an outline on how short-term rentals can be conducted within the borough limits. With the popularity of home rental sites such as Airbnb and VRBO, municipalities are looking at what, if any, is allowed to be done in the area.

The new ordinance aims to address this, outlining that a short-term rental can be a benefit for the community if operated properly because it provides revenue to maintain a home.

Dwellings must meet the borough’s zoning ordinances regarding the definitions of dwellings and must have a room that is intended for sleeping the size of at least 70 square feet. There must also be off-street parking unless a waiver is granted for the home.

Homeowners wishing to become a short-term rental needs to apply with the borough for a license and not have any outstanding violations against the home. A complete list of terms and conditions can be found at the borough office.

In other ordinance matters, council also adopted the quality of life ordinance that outlines a new ticketing process for those who don’t maintain their home.

The ordinance was introduced for advertisement during last month’s meeting and aims to help code enforcement and police by providing a more simplified way of ticketing violators in the hopes of cleaning up the town.