Taxation:  Zoning, & Licensing for Short-Term Residential Rentals

APA Pennsylvania Chapter


Friday, March 24, 2017
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT

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In 2015, with the Pope and tons of visitors heading to town, Philadelphia became the largest city in North America to legalize short-term residential rentals (such as ones listed on AirBnB,, and through other booking agents). With changes to the city’s zoning and tax code, a system was put into place that addressed the interests of property owners renting spare rooms and entire units, the guests they hosted, neighbors and traditional hotel operators. An interdisciplinary group worked together to ensure local legislation matched the reality of activity already occurring and the needs of the community. This session will cover the challenges faced and policy options considered, plus a comparison to other cities and counties across the United States.

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Michael Fink

Confirmed Speaker

Michael Fink currently serves as Deputy Commissioner for Licenses and Inspections for the City of Philadelphia, a position he has held since 2009. In that role he provides oversight of the Development Division of the Department, which includes construction code enforcement and business and trade licensing, and serves as the ... Read More

Eleanor Sharpe, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Eleanor Sharpe, is a Deputy Executive Director of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. She is a former member of the Philadelphia Zoning Code Commission, which worked to update the City’s Zoning Code for the first time in 50 years - adopted in 2012. In her current role, she focuses on ... Read More

Marisa Waxman, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Marisa Waxman serves as First Deputy Revenue Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia, working on tax policy and administration. Ms. Waxman began her government career with Philadelphia City Controller’s Office. Additionally, she has held positions with the City of Philadelphia in the Office of Property Assessment and the Office ... Read More

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