Short-Term Rental Properties in Philadelphia

Written by: Alan Nochumson

The City of Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I) has embarked on a new phase of governmental enforcement aimed at addressing the issue of unlicensed short-term rental properties proliferating on popular marketing websites such as Airbnb and VRBO.

Commencing on July 12, 2023, property owners and booking agents were formally notified via email by L&I about their intention to issue notices to these online platforms. The notices will explicitly request the removal of any short-term rental properties lacking the proper governmental licensing.

L&I has established a strict timeline for property owners to rectify their licensing status. In the event that no action is taken within 5 business days after receiving the notice, the respective website will be obligated to deactivate the listing for the unlicensed short-term rental property. This decisive measure underscores the city’s commitment to regulating the short-term rental market and ensuring compliance with licensing requirements.

Concerned property owners and hosts seeking clarification on the licensing status of their short-term rental properties can avail themselves of assistance from Alan Nochumson. He can be reached at (215) 600-2851 or, providing a valuable resource to confirm the necessary governmental licensing for advertising properties as short-term rentals without facing potential penalties.

Philadelphia’s proactive approach to enforcing regulations surrounding short-term rental properties highlights the significance of compliance with licensing requirements. Property owners are strongly encouraged to promptly address any licensing concerns to avoid disruptions in their ability to showcase their properties on popular online platforms. This initiative underscores the city’s dedication to maintaining a well-regulated and accountable short-term rental market, benefiting both property owners and visitors alike.