City staffers released draft recommendations Wednesday for an ordinance that would allow at least some short-term renting in San Diego. Emails obtained by VOSD indicate a measure was ready in early July but the mayor’s office held it when Council members disagreed on some of the specifics.
Data shows that a large chunk of short-term rentals in San Diego are run by big companies, not individual owners. Proponents of a ban on non-owner-occupied short-term rentals say that’s a formula for disaster. Those companies say it’s just the opposite: Unlike individual operators, they have the resources to police problem tenants.
San Diego’s short-term vacation rentals are in a bit of a legal gray area. But they might not be for long.
Spoiler alert: It’s got nothing to do with attendance. It does have to do with us.
Comic-Con and the Convention Center Corp. both say some hoteliers’ unwillingness to sign off on discounted hotel blocks for attendees is what’s keeping the massive convention from committing to San Diego.
San Diego’s cracking down on Airbnb hosts. This is what the city says they must to do follow the rules.
Councilman Chris Cate plans to propose new city rules giving Airbnb hosts the green light to rent out their homes or individual rooms, with some mandates.
If San Diego truly wants to be known as a “hub for innovation,” we can’t ignore the enormous potential of a platform like Airbnb, especially in a city known for tourism.
San Diego should find a way to embrace and grow online rentals – which directly supports our region’s third-largest industry – rather than crush them with the typical government response of regulations and fines.
City officials want to make people who rent out their homes on sites like Airbnb get one of two special permits. The city’s own data, however, shows a resident can plan on waiting about a year to get either one permits.