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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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Short Term Vacation Rental Update

      Short Term Vacation Rentals are again on the table for San Diego this month. Currently a new proposal to regulate STVR’s has surfaced with a brokered deal led by SD City Councilperson Jennifer Campbell. This regulation appears to have a cap in the number of permits per year for “whole home STR’s” but not on residents “home sharing”. See news release .
San Diego is also electing a new mayor come this November. Both Barbara Bry and Todd Gloria, who are running against each other, have both expressed the best way to address the STVR’s in San Diego is by enforcing the current laws. “In 2017, City Attorney, Mara Elliott, issued a memo stating that such rentals are not permitted in any zone in the city, but the city generally has not enforced the opinion and has found cracking down on code violations difficult.” SD Union Tribune. Should the new mayor move forward on enforcing the current code violations, we could see STVR’s change significantly in San Diego if not go away completely.  Visit Todd Gloria’s site     Visit Barbara Bry’s Site
If you are a STVR homeowner, we would love to talk with you and help you come up with the best plan for you and your family for next year.
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