California Moves to Ban STRs Across the State

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On Tuesday, April 9th, the California Assembly Judiciary Committee will consider AB 1731, which seeks to regulate short-term rentals within the California Coastal Zone. Specifically, the bill would limit hosting to only ones’ primary residence. In addition, it would limit unhosted stays to just 30 total days per year. The bill would have a crushing impact on families and individuals who use their home to help make ends meet, and on those who want to affordably visit the coast. You can read full text of the bill here.

We need your help to protect short-term rentals, which enable affordable access to the coast!

Can we count on you to write a letter to the Judiciary Committee opposing AB 1731?

Here are some helpful talking points to use:

  1. AB 1731 would cut off affordable access to the coast for economically disadvantaged families.
    • Short-term rentals provide affordable accommodations in line with the California Coastal Act.
    • Per a UCLA report, “economically disadvantaged and minority residents in general live further from coastal access points than wealthy and white residents” and in order to ameliorate that issue, local governments should adopt “planning strategies that increase the accessibility of coastal access” including more affordable overnight accommodation options, not fewer.”
  2. AB 1731 would hurt local economies that rely on visitor spending and revenue from occupancy tax agreements.https://us16.admin.mailchimp.com/campaigns/edit?id=155081
    • AB1731 would cut off a valuable source of revenue for dozens of cities that have tax agreements with Airbnb—including Carlsbad, Santa Cruz County, and San Luis Obispo Counties and San Diego.
    • AB1731 would hurt small businesses, as guests that stay in short-term rentals also patronize local shops and restaurants.
  3. AB 1731 would hurt thousands of hard-working hosts that depend on short-term rentals to help make ends meet.
    • For many, short-term rentals provide a source of income that allows them to stay in their homes and pay off their mortgages.
    • This bill would jeopardize those hosts’ livelihood.

Please send all testimony by Tuesday, April 2nd at 5PM

Use this handy Copy and Paste list of the Assembly and Committee Members email addresses below:

TO: assemblymember.chau@assembly.ca.gov; assemblymember.holden@assembly.ca.gov

CC: assemblymember.stone@assembly.ca.gov; assemblymember.gallagher@assembly.ca.gov; assemblymember.chiu@assembly.ca.gov; assemblymember.gonzalez@assembly.ca.gov; assemblymember.kalra@assembly.ca.gov; assemblymember.kiley@assembly.ca.gov; assemblymember.maienschein@assembly.ca.gov; assemblymember.norris@assembly.ca.gov; assemblymember.reyes@assembly.ca.gov

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