EXETER TWP., Pa. – Exeter Township is considering an ordinance to regulate short-term lodgings, like Airbnbs.
Jeremiah Locascio runs an Airbnb in the township. He said it helps him to hedge against the risks of longer term rentals. He does not want to see the option taken away by an ordinance being drawn up.
"Preventing me from doing what I want to do with my own property? Totally against that, so I want something that is common sense," Locascio said.
Keith Fritz is taking issue with a short-term rental across the street from his house and wants the township to step in.
"I'm faced with multiple rooms where I have five to six cars of strangers coming in, week in, week out," Fritz said.
He's also taking issue with parking concerns in neighborhoods that may not be so accustomed to them.
John Savant, with the Reading Berks Association of Realtors, said rentals are good for tourism and can help the real estate market.
The township is working on its ordinance to regulate the rentals.
"There's areas that Airbnbs work better than others," said township Supervisor David Speece. "We want to make sure we get it right."