On Monday, San Diego could become the latest California city to regulate short-term rentals as leaders get set to vote on a proposal laid out by city mayor Kevin Faulconer.
If approved, the proposed regulations would finally offer guidelines for as many as 3,600 vacation rentals, by the city’s most conservative estimates, most of which are in communities like Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, La Jolla, Point Loma and downtown.
Short-term rental sites like Airbnb, BRVO and HomeAway have facilitated a lucrative way for home owners to earn income by renting out their spare bedrooms or living room space to transient occupants for a short stay. But that industry has also attracted critics who say short-term rentals erode the quality of life in their neighborhoods.
California’s housing crisis has made short-term rental regulations an even more urgent concern for leaders across the state, and some cities have already set their own regulations.
Here’s how four California cities regulate short-term rentals.
Set in 2012, Palm Desert’s short-term rental regulations require hosts to register with the city and pay a Transient Occupancy Tax.
Key rules for hosts: Units that are rented for 27 or fewer days must register as a short-term rental. Hosts are not required to be on the premises of the rental while the visitor is staying, but they must provide a round-the-clock contact person who can respond to calls within 30 minutes. Last December, Palm Desert banned additional short term rentals in its residential neighborhoods, and gave existing short term rentals 2 years to discontinue the use, subject to possible extensions for hardships.
Does the city have an office to handle short-term rentals? Yes, the city’s code compliance department handles short-term rentals. The city offers information online where hosts can download a form.
Key rules for hosts: Hosts must be on the premises while the unit is being rented, but they can be off the premises for up to a maximum of 90 days per year. Hosts may rent only their primary residence and not a secondary home.
Does the city have an office to handle short-term rentals? Yes. It also has a website.
Key rules for hosts: The city refers to such rentals as “home-sharing” where as transient occupants stay for 30 days or less, and where the host lives on-site through out the visitor’s stay. The city outlaws vacation rentals of 30 days or less where the host is not present at any time.
Does the city have an office to handle short-term rentals? Yes, the city’s code division handles this. An application can be downloaded online.
Key rules for hosts: The city considers short-term rentals that have transient occupancy of up to 30 consecutive days. Hosts must be on the premises while the unit is rented, but like San Francisco, they can only be off the premises up to a maximum of 90 days out of the year. Hosts may only rent their primary residence and must show proof that they live there for at least nine months out of the year. Up to four guests per bedroom are allowed.