Though its economy relies heavily on tourism, San Diego doesn’t have rules on the books that directly address vacation rentals.
City Councilman Chris Cate wants to change that. He plans to propose new city rules clarifying that San Diegans can rent out their homes or individual rooms for up to 30 days, and giving those who do a handful of new mandates.
Among those requirements would be to have vacation rental hosts – whether they use Airbnb or another service – post contact information for a local person who could handle neighbors’ complaints and list their city tax certificate number on websites where they advertise their property.
Cate’s proposal would also allow the city to reach an agreement with Airbnb or other vacation rental platforms to have those companies collect and pay taxes, an option he said the city’s current rules don’t allow.
Cate’s measure also aims to give the city more room to police hosts who allow more than a dozen guests to stay in a single apartment or home, a practice that angers homeowners in some beach communities.
Cate’s announcement follows months of confusion among local Airbnb hosts. The city has been mailing letters to dozens of hosts, informing them they’ll need to charge hotel bed taxes, and in some cases, owe back taxes on past stays. It also threatened a Burlingame woman with up to $250,000 in penalties if she continued to rent out two rooms through Airbnb.
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Looks like the city will be getting another Zapf infection. How about you just fix the potholes Councilwoman?
Coming next, bans on dogs and children. oh, and cars.
I'd like to know why these are being allowed to operate WHILE regulations are being worked out. Pot dispensaries have been required to close until regulations were worked out. Since when does the City allow operation of something that may or may not border on illegal under the Municipal Code while the City is figuring it out and producing new regs?
Will Mr. Cate address the conflict between Airbnb short term room rentals and the Municipal Code, which appears to require all rentals to be at least 7 days and in most cases 30 days?
141.0301 Boarder and Lodger Accommodations
Boarder and lodger accommodations are permitted as a limited use in the zones indicated with an “L” in the Use Regulations Tables in Chapter 13, Article 1 (Base Zones) subject to the following regulations.
(a) Boarder and lodger accommodations are permitted only as an accessory use to a primary dwelling unit.
(b) No more than two boarders or lodgers are permitted per primary dwelling unit.
(c) In the RM [residential multi-unit] zones and all commercial zones, boarders and lodgers must occupy the premises for a minimum of 7 consecutive calendar days. In all other zones, boarders and lodgers must occupy the premises for a minimum of 30 consecutive calendar days.
(d) Off-street parking shall be provided at a rate of 1 space for each 2 boarders or lodgers. Within the beach impact area of the Parking Impact Overlay Zone, off-street
It's great to see Cate take this on. I'm hopeful we can find a way to make this situation win-win-win.
It should be noted that renting one's home (or a portion thereof) is not just for the wealthy elite of PB or La Jolla, it's for everyday people who are maybe on a fixed income, trying to save to buy their first home, pay off debt, or simply have a better quality of life. A clear common sense ordinance will be helpful for all.