Latest in a series of posts on Airbnb and short-term lodging
Alan Lowcher, Esq. concentrates on real estate and land use law, speaks on the life of Abraham Lincoln, presents history-themed “lessons for lawyers” through the NJ Bar Association, and is a member of several associations promoting a deeper understanding of American history.
The proposed Short Term Lodging Facility (STL) ordinance eliminates “whole house” short term rentals, which practice is what brought this issue to the attention of residents and City Council.
My concern with the ordinance is that the off-street parking requirement is too restrictive for the Mrs. McVey’s of the City: good neighbors with an unused bedroom (or two) to rent out in order to help with upkeep, or just to be an ambassador of good will to travelers to Bethlehem.
Instead of 4, 5 or 6 bedrooms that could be used for short term stays, each bedroom equating to a automobile vying for a parking space, now it is perhaps one or two automobiles.
Many otherwise qualifying STL facilities do not have two (or three) off-street parking spaces.
The proposed 2-bedroom limitation adequately addresses the parking concerns.
I would encourage City Council to re-consider the off-street parking requirement.