(13)   Limited Lodging. 552
(a)   General.
Limited Lodging is the accommodation of visitors conducted by the primary resident of the dwelling unit, the main use of which is for household living, and where the provision of lodging to any particular visitor is for no more than thirty (30) consecutive days. For purposes of this subsection, the primary resident shall mean either (i) a natural person who is the owner of the dwelling unit, and is entitled to a homestead exclusion pursuant to Code Section 19-1301.1 for such dwelling unit; or (ii) a renter (a) who is a natural person and lives in the dwelling unit as the renter's primary domicile for more than half of the year and (b) who is authorized in writing by the owner to provide limited lodging. Use as Limited Lodging is subject to the applicable licensing and other requirements set forth in Section 9-3909 ("Limited Lodging Operator License").
(b)   Standards.
A dwelling unit may be used for limited lodging subject to compliance with all of the following minimum requirements:
(.1)   The dwelling unit shall remain as a household living unit with housekeeping facilities in common, but not to allow for occupancy by more than three persons (including the owner and lodgers) who are unrelated by blood, marriage, adoption, or foster-child status, or are not Life Partners.
(.2)   Limited lodging must be accessory and secondary to the use of a dwelling unit for residential household living purposes.
(.3)   Limited lodging may not result in changes to the residential character of the residential building in which it is located. No separate building entrance that is visible from the street may be provided for the sole use of the limited lodging.
(.4)   The limited lodging may not adversely affect the residential character of the neighborhood. Limited lodging may not, for example, generate noise, vibration, glare, odors, or other effects that unreasonably interfere with any person's enjoyment of his or her residence.
(.5)   Accessory signs are prohibited.
(.6)   Guests of lodgers shall be allowed only between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 a.m.
(.7)   Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms shall be installed throughout the dwelling unit per the Philadelphia Fire Code.
(.8)   Lodgers shall be notified of the trash and recycle collection days for the property and any applicable rules and regulations pertaining to leaving or storing trash on the exterior of the property. Proper containers shall be provided for the lodgers.
(.9)   Lodgers shall be notified that excessive noise is prohibited per Chapter 10-400 553 of The Philadelphia Code and such violators shall be subject to fines and penalties.
(.10)   The primary resident conducting the limited lodging shall maintain records for a minimum of one (1) year demonstrating primary residency (either entitlement to a Homestead Exemption or, for a renter, residence for more than half the year); the dates of limited lodging and the number of lodgers. Such records shall be made available upon request of any officer of the City responsible for enforcement of any provision of The Philadelphia Code pertaining to the use and occupancy of the dwelling for limited lodging purposes.
(.11)   The owner or his/her designee shall provide contact information to the limited lodgers for the purpose of responding to complaints regarding the condition, operation or conduct of the occupants of the dwelling and have the responsibility to take action to resolve such complaints.
(.12)   All limited lodging is subject to the Fair Practices Ordinance, Chapter 9-1100.

 

Notes

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   Added, Bill No. 150441-A (approved June 18, 2015), effective July 1, 2015; amended, Bill No. 210081 (approved June 23, 2021). Enrolled bill eliminated subsection (13)(b) but failed to renumber subsection (13)(c); renumbered by Code editor.
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   Enrolled bill read "§ 10-400".