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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently examined the meaning of the terms “family” and “single housekeeping unit” in Slice of Life v. Hamilton Township Hearing Board, (hereinafter Slice of Life) decided April 26, 2019 at J-97-2018 (No. 7 MAP 2018). It is not hyperbole to suggest, even with some unanswered questions, that this opinion has (dependent on an appropriately drafted ordinance) outlawed vacation rentals in homes in single-family residential districts. Thus, this decision is of vital importance, considering the proliferation of short-term rental offerings, with marketing streamlined by websites as Airbnb and VRBO.

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