SD council prepares to approve short-term vacation rentals

MISSION BEACH, Calif. (KGTV) — A press conference was held in Mission Beach on Tuesday ahead of a city council decision. The conference, led by council member Campbell, urged members to finally approve short-term vacation rental legislation.

Proponents of the issue, which has caused controversy and delays in the past, believe that if the council approves this law, it will give structure to how rentals operate in San Diego. Which previously, according to council member Campbell and community leaders, was largely unregulated.

Councilwoman Campbell, who drafted the law, hopes her colleagues are on her side: “It will get thousands of homes back on the housing market and bring stability and normality to our neighborhoods.”

This short-term vacation rental law was approved by the City Council in April 2021 and then approved by the State Coastal Commission. On Tuesday, City Council will need to fully approve this final adoption for it to move forward.

“The key to all of this is that if you’re operating a vacation rental without a license, it’s easy to prove and severely punishable,” said Carl Rand, president of Pacific Beach Housing Group.

Some key points of the updated law are a cap on short-term whole-home rentals at 1% of the city’s housing stock, which means about 50% of whole-home rentals would disappear.

“It’s really a lot simpler than it looks,” council member Campbell said. “We have four different tiers, and tier three is for those who have a whole house rental in the city of San Diego. They would have to enter a lottery to get the license if it’s over 54 cents, which is the ceiling at this time.”

She continues, “Those who live in Mission Beach and have a whole house, they will also have their own lottery. It’s 1,080 right now. And so, if there are only 1,080 applicants, they will get all a license if they are good actors.”

This is the other part of this law, giving priority to those who have complied with the laws of the city. They would still have to meet specific criteria, complete applications, permits, sales taxes, etc.

“We don’t want to throw the bait out with the bathwater,” Rand shares. “There should be a system to protect traditional family vacations, but eradicate bachelor parties.”

Council Member Campbell said the council is currently reviewing 16 employees who would assist in the enforcement of this law.

If the council fully approves this law on Tuesday at 2 p.m., it could come into force as soon as this fall.

Council member Campbell said there will be a review every year to see if any changes need to be made. mily holidays, but eradicate bachelor parties. “Council member Campbell says the council is currently reviewing 16 employees who would assist with the enforcement of this law. If the council fully approves this law at 2 p.m. Tuesday, it could come into effect as Council member Campbell says that there will be a review every year to see if any changes need to be made.

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