Hundreds of San Diegans are renting out rooms using Airbnb and other online sites despite confusion about whether the practice is actually legal. Current city code is vague and has allowed the upswing in whole-home rentals and partial home sharing to continue. In some parts of San Diego, especially along the coast, the vacation rental war […]

Barbara Bry, who’s running for City Council, recently wrote that Save San Diego Neighborhoods, a group trying to enforce tighter controls on vacation rentals, found more than 6,000 homes had been converted to mini-hotels citywide. Bry, who’s endorsed by the group, said those rentals were “directly contributing to the housing shortage” by removing them from the long-term renter or buyer market.

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.