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San Diego short-term vacation rental ordinance goes to a vote

The San Diego City Council is scheduled to vote on a contentious ordinance that might regulate short-term vacation leases.

SAN DIEGO — For years, the San Diego City Council has failed to agree on an ordinance to regulate short-term vacation leases. Years of attempting to shut down celebration home leases and now a proposed ordinance to regulate short-term leases may lastly make it occur.

“It’s just a really wild situation that needs to be brought under hand,” mentioned San Diego Council President Jennifer Campbell, M.D.

She is the councilmember for District 2, which encompasses Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, Ocean Beach, Point Loma and Midway. Campbell says the proposed laws would permit for extra reasonably priced housing on the market or for long-term lease.

“We in San Diego don’t have enough housing,” mentioned Campbell.

On Tuesday, she’s going to carry ahead a proposal that regulates short-term leases in a tier system. The crux of the ordinance places a 1 % cap on the licenses that may’t exceed San Diego’s accessible housing. Staff reports present it’s estimated to lower STR’s in half down to 5,400 leases.

This applies to whole-home leases for greater than 20 days a year. Sharing a home, room, or granny flat or a complete dwelling for lower than 20 days a year doesn’t want a license.

Mission Beach is in its personal tier and STR’s can not exceed the 30 % of obtainable housing, which is estimated to carry it out down to 1,081 leases.  

Gary Wonacott has lived in Mission Beach since 1974 and likewise a member of Save San Diego Neighborhoods and says there was not sufficient neighborhood enter and this favors home-share platforms.

“It’s not good for the community, I don’t think good for the city. These regulations, if they’re not amended, zero will change,” mentioned Wonacott.

He would love to see amendments corresponding to a platform accountability which punishes platforms that record properties that do not need a license.  

“There have to be consequences for the platforms if they take fees from illegal vacation rentals,” mentioned Wonacott.

For years, home-sharing platforms have opposed earlier proposals however Airbnb and lots of others alike name it a compromise.

“Even though it is going to reduce permits, it is going to implement laws on the books, but also enforcement and funding for enforcement so that those bad actors finally go away,” mentioned Noah Mechanic, Seabreeze Vacation Rentals proprietor and Founder of Share San Diego.

Campbell says Home-sharing platforms and Unite Here Local 30, a union for hospitality employees influenced how the ordinance was crafted.

“We perceive it is contentious and we perceive that she [Campbell] and the remainder of San Diego has individuals on all sides. And to actually take a mature method and meet within the center to a compromise position is one thing that is not simple to do. And we actually applaud it,” mentioned Mechanic.

The ordinance would additionally permit for a lottery system to get hold of a license. Many hosts wrote to the town council objecting to the lottery system. The value of a license per proprietor has not been decided however shall be up for evaluate yearly.

Save San Diego Neighborhoods say short-term leases are unlawful and the town ought to implement the code on the books.

If the Good Neighbor Policy is violated each the host and every visitor may very well be fined $1,000.

“We need to bring tranquility and peace back to the neighborhoods,” mentioned Campbell.

In December the Planning Commission authorised the measure however beneficial the cap be moved from 0.75 % to 1 %.

Airbnb shared a assertion from John Choi, our Public Policy Manager:

“….we believe that the Planning Commission’s recommendation is a fair compromise that we can support. This small increase to the number of permits still represents a significant reduction in the number of short-term rentals in the city, but it would enable more hosts to continue sharing their homes, protect millions of dollars in much-needed tax revenue to help the city recover from the effects of the pandemic, preserve an important customer base for small businesses and bring key stakeholders into agreement on a path forward.”

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