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 is currently in the  Senate for further review and voting, so with your help, there is still time to stop it!

What you can do

As was reported previously, the Senate’s Judiciary Committee voted in support of AB 1731 last month and recommended the bill to the Senate’s Natural Resources Committee for review on July 9.

The bill will need to be approved by both the Natural Resources Committee as well as the Senate’s Appropriations Committee before it can be considered for a full vote on the Senate floor.

In response, the San Diego Association of Realtors (SDAR) voted to oppose AB 1731, noting that the bill would harm local businesses, result in job loss, and curtail property rights all while overreaching into local governance. SDAR, representing its more than 13,000 members, recognizes the importance of protecting low cost visitor accommodations in San Diego’s coastal zones. We are encouraged by their support and hope the California Senate will also oppose AB 1731.

Please echo their concerns and continue to send in your letters and make phone calls, which we believe have made an impact:

Natural Resources Committee:

  • Senator Henry I. Stern (Chair) –  (916) 651-4027
  • Senator Brian W. Jones (Vice Chair) – (916) 651-4038
  • Senator Benjamin Allen – (916) 651-4026
  • Senator Ben Hueso – (916) 651-4040
  • Senator Andreas Borgeas – (916) 651-4008
  • Senator Anna M. Caballero –  (916) 651-4012
  • Senator Robert M. Hertzberg – (916) 651-4018
  • Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson – (916) 651-4019
  • Senator Bill Monning – (916) 651-4017

Natural Resources Committee Email Addresses:

  • senator.stern@senate.ca.gov
  • senator.jones@senate.ca.gov
  • senator.allen@senate.ca.gov
  • senator.hueso@senate.ca.gov
  • senator.borgeas@senate.ca.gov
  • senator.caballero@senate.ca.gov
  • senator.hertzberg@senate.ca.gov
  • senator.jackson@senate.ca.gov
  • senator.monning@senate.ca.gov

Governance and Finance Committee:

  • Senator Scott D. Wiener – (916) 651-4011

Governance and Finance Committee Email Address:

  • senator.wiener@senate.ca.gov

San Diego Senators:

  • Toni Atkins –  (916) 651-4039
  • Patricia Bates – (916) 651-4036

San Diego Senators Email Addresses:

  • senator.atkins@senate.ca.gov
  • senator.bates@senate.ca.gov

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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