STONINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Stonington is considering restricting short-term rentals to a person’s primary residence.

It’s a move that may preserve the stability of neighborhoods, but may also mean that people who use rental properties to pay for their mortgage and repairs may no longer have that extra income to do so.

“I have mixed reactions, because I have friends who do rent out their homes who have rented for many, many years to the same families,” said Edie Morren, who lives in Stonington.

She said she hasn’t seen any adverse impact from those homes.

Some of those short-term rentals are rented out by realtors, while others are by word of mouth or through websites like Airbnb and VRBO. In July, there were 1,000 short-term rentals in Stonington on Airbnb.

Danielle Chesebrough, the first selectman in Stonington said that some residents have told her that their whole neighborhood has turned into short-term rentals.

“Now, it’s like living next to a number of hotels, and they didn’t choose to live in a commercial district, they chose to live in a residential neighborhood,” Chesebrough said.

While some claim that a law would be government overreach into private homes, she disagrees.

“Just because I want to open a bakeshop in my home — I have an oven, I’m a great baker — I can’t just do that,” she said. “You have to go through zoning.”

If restrictions are approved, it would most likely be a year before homeowners would have to convert those short-term rentals into a property that rents for at least 30 days.

Exceptions may be added to the proposed ordinance.

“How do we still support our local tourism economy, but also be sure the people who work in these hotels and restaurants and everywhere else can have a place to live and work within the community?” Chesebrough said.

The ordinance will be discussed at a July meeting, with a possible town meeting vote by residents in February.