The seven-year battle over short-term vacation rental regulations is finally over after the California Coastal Commission voted unanimously Wednesday night to approve new rules for the City of San Diego.
The regulations are expected to reduce the number of short-term rentals in the city by 48% and 27% in Mission Beach alone.
While residents and rental landlords say the ordinance is far from perfect, they say it’s good to finally have some bylaws.
Especially people looking for affordable housing, like Gretchen Newsom who has lived in Ocean Beach for over 10 years.
“I’ve watched our lovely town over the years be decimated by short-term vacation rentals and the availability of housing for long-term renters just isn’t available anymore,” Newsom said.
The mother of one knows the problem intimately, now that she says her landlord notified her that he was selling the house she lives in.
“I’ve looked through Zillow, I’ve looked through Craigslist. I’ve looked through everything and there are so few homes available. But when I go to short-term vacation sites like Airbnb, there are has literally over 100 available. Long-term rental opportunities are gone? They’ve moved to short-term rentals, putting profits above people in this case,” Newsom said.
California’s Coastal Commissions vote is expected to roughly halve the number of short-term rentals citywide — from about 12,300 to 6,500 — potentially helping families like Newton, according to Venus Molina, the member’s chief of staff. of council Jennifer Campbell. Campbell helped lead the push for the new set of regulations.
“A lot of these units will be back on the market. Like I said, for long-term renters or for sale,” Molina said. “And so I think that helps to reduce costs.”
The regulations could come at a cost to landlords of short-term rentals like Nancy Kramer of Julian who owns two rental properties.
They will have to participate in a lottery to obtain a license if they plan to rent their house for more than 20 days per year.
“I sold one in the residential area and bought this one, so I wouldn’t have to deal with short-term rental restrictions. I deliberately bought and spent a lot of money and bought in the shopping area thinking that I am safe. And now I’m not safe,” Kramer said.
Airbnb’s head of public policy, John Choi, issued the following statement:
“On behalf of the thousands of residents of San Diegans who are members of the short-term rental community, we applaud the Coastal Commission’s decision to unanimously pass the city’s short-term rental law. Thanks to today’s decision, the City of San Diego will have clear, fair rules in place to not only allow residents to supplement their incomes by responsibly sharing their homes, but also to support the return of the local tourism economy We look forward to continuing our work with the City on the implementation of their regulations.
The new regulations are expected to come into force in October. The California Coastal Commission will review their impact in seven years.