The latest on short term rental regulations in San Diego
On February 23, the San Diego City Council passed Council President Jennifer Campbell’s Good Neighbor Short-Term Rental Ordinance by an overwhelming 8-1 majority vote. This is a historic achievement that will provide stability for STR hosts and would not have been possible without your generous support for the past five years.
Highlights of the ordinance
- Capping whole-home short-term rentals outside of Mission Beach at 1% of the city’s housing stock.
- Capping whole-home rentals in Mission Beach at 30% of the community’s housing stock.
- Allowing part-time short-term rental operators to obtain a license at lower annual fees to accommodate high visitor events.
- No caps for home sharing when the owner lives onsite.
- Yearly assessment of the program to determine if it is equitable and effective.
- Requiring a local contact be able to respond to disturbances at the property in one hour or less.
- Allowing short-term rental owners a maximum of one license, per person.
- Creating a detailed Good Neighbor Policy along with strict enforcement guidelines, a fine structure for violations, and a license revocation standard.
The ordinance will return to the City Council in October for updates on the lottery and prioritization related to licensing.
We still have a lot of work ahead of us to ensure responsible operators can obtain a STR license, and ward off administrative changes like exorbitant fees and other bureaucratic red tape designed to make it more difficult to operate a STR, but we should all be proud of how far we’ve come.
What you can do
What's happened so far
CA Bill AB 1731
In February 2019, California policymakers introduced new legislation that would severely restrict short-term rentals (STRs) throughout the coastal zone in San Diego County only, limiting the legally-protected access to the coast for Californians.
The bill, known as AB 1731, would ban full-time vacation rentals entirely, limit hosting to primary residences, and cap unhosted stays to 30 nights per year in the coastal zone.
By July, it was pulled by the bill’s author and while the bill won’t go any further this year, the fight is far from over as the bill’s author has vowed to continue her pursuit of a ban on short term rentals in San Diego in the next legislative year (2020).
The bill faced significant scrutiny from Share San Diego, local San Diegans, businesses, and most recently several prominent senators had criticized the lack of data and whether or not there was even a need for the bill at all.
During this debate, Share San Diego was there to help protect people who use their homes to make supplemental income and generate money and jobs for the local economy while ensuring families and visitors have affordable access to California’s Coast.
This would not have been possible without the efforts of everyone who wrote and called the legislature to oppose AB 1731. Share San Diego will continue fighting for your property rights and look to get approved reasonable local policy, appropriate for our community and for short term rentals.
Please see our FAQ for more details and history on this disastrous bill.
The 2018 ban
On July 16, 2018 City Council passed a de-facto ban that restricted short term rentals to primary residence only with a maximum of 6 months of renting.
This decision represented a massive loss for both property rights and the tourism industry in San Diego. The Council’s decision would have left thousands of short term rental hosts without a lifeline and even more small business crippled with losses in revenue, not to mention eliminated thousands of jobs that rely on the short-term-rental industry.
Share San Diego worked with home sharing platforms like Airbnb and HomeAway to help overturn this de facto ban on short term rentals. Together we led an expensive referendum on the de facto ban by gathering signatures from more than the required 5% of the voters in the City of San Diego
As a result, City council was given the option to either rescind the ordinance they passed or send it to the ballot for San Diegans to decide, and they chose to rescind it on October 22, 2018.
Your donations and support helped us get this far, but the fight is not over and as the opposition vows to not give up, we will continue to work on your behalf to strive for a fair and reasonable ordinance in San Diego!