Short-term rentals

Bellevue officials will begin using existing zoning code provisions to regulate short-term rental properties, better known for the company that cornered the market in the business as Airbnbs.

Residents in the area of Meade Avenue in Bellevue have been complaining for months about a house that is not occupied by the owner, but instead is rented frequently to large groups of people for various events. The house is advertised as accommodating up to 14 people, all of whom can show up for days and take over available street parking, not to mention the noise at late hours.

Bellevue Council finance committee chair Linda Woshner said at Tuesday’s pre-council meeting that the the committee met with the borough solicitor and determined that STRs fall under the zoning code regulations for boarding houses. Solicitor Matt Racunas said that treating STRs as such will restrict the areas of the borough where they can operate.

Woshner also said that the committee would be working with the Joint Planning Commission to specifically address STRs, including clear mandates on off-street parking.