Q. There are rumors that Reading will hold a meeting on short-term rentals in July. Is this true?

A. Reading Planning Manager Lily Toy will present at the council next month on the topic of short-term rentals currently operating in the city. The meeting date hasn’t been set yet, Toy said last Friday.

Short-term vacation rentals, such as those advertised on Airbnb and Vrbo, are a provocative topic for Reading. The term refers to an alternative home rental home in a single-family home that the owner rents in less than 30 days.

According to Toy, about 212 short-term rental properties have been legally operated in residential areas since 90 in 2015.

A contractor hired by the city to monitor the industry has identified about 300 short-term rental properties. A total of about 80 to 100 is a complete neighborhood annoyance that is not licensed by the city or is being run by a bad operator. Being legal means that the short-term rental has paid an annual business license fee of at least $ 50.

Also, as with hotels, you must pay the city tax on accommodation tax (12% of the receipt) with rental income. You also need to meet other requirements related to occupancy and parking.

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According to the toys, the problem arises because some neighbors are complaining about the short-term rental tenant, “the continuous 24 hours of unknowns in the neighborhood.”

Inadequate parking tends to be another painful place, she said.

In other parts of the state, the community has banned short-term rentals altogether or added additional restrictions to combat perceived issues, Toy said.

“This is an evolving regulation,” she said of what happens in Reading.

According to Toy, the city has a contract with a company that screens rental ads to evaluate legally operated short-term rental properties and non-legally operated short-term rental properties.

She said that complaints from her neighbors were also a hint.

Short-term rental tenants cannot hold parties. In addition, short-term rental housing requires one parking space per bedroom in the house, and each bedroom should allow up to two adults to park.

“Without that, we wouldn’t be able to run a short-term rental,” Toy said in a city podcast on this issue.

Rental also requires a site manager to be in place within an hour so that the general public can call in the event of a problem. She said the site administrator’s phone number needs to be available to all neighbors.

Visit here to find a map of Reading’s short-term rental properties City website..

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