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San Diego Short Term Vacation Rentals

San Diego Short Term Vacation Rentals Update May 2022

San Diego City Council has approved the California Coastal Commission (CCC) recommendations to the STVR ordinance. This approval takes San Diego another step closer to regulating short term vacation rentals in San Diego. Although no specific date has been announced as to when homeowners can apply for a license, the SD City plan (as verbally stated in the meeting on May 17, 2022) is to start the application process in Fall 2022, licenses issued by the end of 2022, and implementation/enforcement beginning in Spring 2023. Go to SD City website for more information. https://www.sandiego.gov/treasurer/short-term-residential-occupancy

If you are not familiar with the current STVR Ordinance or the new recommendations, we suggest looking on the San Diego City website and signing up for notifications. If you currently own a vacation home in San Diego, this ordinance and knowing the process to obtain a license is going to be important for you. Don’t wait until the last minute to get everything together. If you are listing your home through a platform, they will also be following the new ordinance and require a license to list a home. https://docs.sandiego.gov/municode/MuniCodeChapter05/Ch05Art10Division02.pdf

What happens if you don’t get a license to operate a STVR in San Diego? Longer term rentals are an option, or taking advantage of this sellers’ market and using a 1031 Exchange to purchase another investment property in an area that is not requiring a license are options. Mission Beach will have a separate lottery that will also be following the ordinance, but in for Tier 4 https://docs.sandiego.gov/municode/MuniCodeChapter05/Ch05Art10Division01.pdf

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Drew & Christy Littlemore are realtors with BHHS in La Jolla on Maxine & Marti’s Team, one of the top teams in San Diego. They represent buyers and sellers throughout San Diego County. Drew Littlemore is a La Jolla native as well as co-founder & owner of Headhunter Suncare, one of the leading sunscreen brands for surfers. Christy Littlemore has lived and worked in La Jolla for over 20 years, selling real estate since 2012. Prior to real estate she taught elementary and middle school in the San Diego Unified School District.

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San Diego Short Term Vacation Rental Update

Opponents and supporters of vacation rentals voice their concerns at a San Diego City Council meeting. / Photo by Adriana Heldiz

The San Diego City Council Moving Closer to Regulating Short Term Vacation Rentals

The San Diego City Council has approved fees to be charged to those seeking a license to operate short-term vacation rentals.

Licenses for homes rented more than 20 days will cost $1,000 a year. Licenses for rentals where the owner lives onsite will cost $225. Licenses for homes rented fewer than 20 days per year will cost $100.  Licenses for rentals where the owner lives onsite will cost $225.  Revenues from the fees will go toward staffing, software, and enforcement.

A lottery system is being crafted by city staff that will distribute the licenses that fall under the cap system. The city will limit licenses to about 1% of the city’s total housing stock. (Excluding Mission Beach, which will have it’s own cap at 30% of the neighborhood housing stock)

San Diego City staff estimated there would be 1,081 licenses available in Mission Beach and 5,416 licenses in the rest of the city.

Whether the City Council’s decision to agree to the regulations, on the condition that good hosts be given priority in obtaining licenses, is needing approval by the California Coastal Commission

If the CCC approves the lottery system presented then homeowners looking the operate a vacation rental for more than 20 days will be able to apply for a license between March 1, 2022-April 15, 2022.  The new regulations are expected to be enforced starting July 2022.  However many residents have requested that the enforcements begin after San Diego’s tourism season.


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