San Diego unfairly singled out in state bill!

On Thursday, May 23, 2019, the California Assembly voted to pass AB 1731, which  unfairly targets San Diego County’s coast, setting severe restrictions on short-term rentals that would restrict individual property rights by limiting STRs to only one’s primary residence and for just 30-days per year. You can read the full text of the bill here.

The bill barely got enough votes to pass in the Assembly and now moves onto the Senate for further review and voting, so there is still time to stop it.

What you can do

Attend the next California Coastal Commission hearing:

Wednesday, June 12th (arrive by 8:30am)
Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina
2051 Shelter Island Drive
San Diego 92106

The California Coastal Commission, which oversees the state’s coastal zone, has not weighed in on this critical legislation and they need to hear from passionate hosts like you. At last month’s coastal hearing, hosts gave amazing public comment and we need to continue our presence at this hearing.

Will you join fellow hosts at the hearing to urge them to take a position and OPPOSE AB 1731?

The meeting starts at 9 AM, but in order to fill out and turn in speaker slips on time and get a seat, please be there no later than 8:45 AM.

More you can do to help

We need your help contacting San Diego’s delegation of legislators and encouraging them to keep San Diego’s coast open to everyone by opposing AB 1731.

Provided below are talking points you may want to use in your emails/calls, but please share your personal story of why you support STRs.

  • AB 1731 will severely limit access to reasonably priced lodging in the San Diego Coastal Zone. 
    • Studies have shown cost to be the biggest barrier to visiting the coast for many families
    • STRs allow families to save money by staying together, cooking, and sharing a private space
  • AB 1731 will prohibit owners of second homes from making their properties available on hosting platforms as vacation rentals.  
    • This bill restricts property rights by preventing homeowners from renting a secondary residence as a short-term rental
    • By cutting the number of short-term rentals available as overnight accommodations, prices will soar and the coast will become even less affordable/accessible to working families
  • AB 1731 will reduce collection of transient occupancy taxes under existing local collection agreements. 
    • This bill encourages homeowners to move their listings from well-managed short-term listing sites such as Airbnb and VRBO and move them underground to sites such as Craigslist or elsewhere where TOT is unlikely to be collected and remitted to the city

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.

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!

Contact your council members

And let them know you want a fair and reasonable ordinance! We have seen this City Council pass a ban and then rescind it after they heard your voices loud and clear, so please continue to reach out.

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