How we're fighting this ban

Share San Diego is working with home sharing platforms like Airbnb and HomeAway to help overturn the recently adopted de facto ban on short term rentals in the City of San Diego.  Together we will lead a referendum on the de facto ban and here’s what that means:

  • City of San Diego law allows for a referendum on laws passed by the City Council
  • To succeed in the referendum we must gather signatures from 5% of the voters in the City of San Diego in the next 21 days
  • If the referendum qualifies then the City Council must either repeal the de facto ban or send it to the voters

Read more on the Union Tribune and don’t forget to make your voice heard in the comments section of this article!

We can qualify this referendum but we have a very short amount of time and we need your help. If you want to keep short term rentals legal in San Diego then it’s never been more important for you to donate!

What you can do right now

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Together, we believe we can combat this on multiple fronts to reverse the ban, but each option we pursue will be very costly and we can’t do it alone.


Your donation – any amount – is critical in ensuring you can continue to operate your vacation rental.


Here's what happened

On July 16, the powerful Hotel Lobby interjected into San Diego politics once more as it pressured the City Council into taking the unprecedented step of banning short term rentals in San Diego.

In a 6-3 vote, the following councilmembers voted to restrict short term rentals to primary residence only with a maximum of 6 months of renting:

This decision represents a massive loss for both property rights and the tourism industry in San Diego. The Council’s decision will leave thousands of short term rental hosts without a lifeline and even more small business crippled with losses in revenue and traffic.

Council then proceeded with a second reading on Aug 1 to finalize the ordinance. This will take some time to implement, but they are expected to move quickly to make this ban a reality.

Although the opposition cheered and rejoiced at the end of these last hearings, they also made it very clear that this is just the first step they are taking to impose their will and desire to enact even further restrictions as a next step beyond what they consider to be just a first step this round.

In the meantime we are regrouping to determine which next steps we will take to fight back at the Hotel Lobby and this ban. But we will need your help both financially and in action. For too long we have sat on the sidelines assured that level heads would respect property rights but the City Council has proven that assumption wrong.

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And let them know you disagree with their decision! This current and any future city council has the ability to undo any legislation they pass. So this fight is far from over and we need to make it clear to city council that what they have done so far was a mistake. Inaction at this point serves as validation that they made the right choice, so now is the time to make your voice heard!

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