Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer
Thursday, June 14, 2018 - NEWS RELEASE
San Diego – With the goal of reaching a solution that allows the home-sharing economy to grow while protecting the quality of life in San Diego’s neighborhoods, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer today announced a new set of proposed regulations on the short-term residential occupancy (STRO) industry that will be considered by the City Council next month.
Mayor Faulconer’s proposal would create the City’s first license-based system to manage short-term rentals; charge cost-recoverable fees to administer licenses and enforce code violations; establish a “Good Neighbor” policy to preserve neighborhood quality of life; hire additional staff to respond to complaints about nuisance properties; and implement a per-night fee that would generate an estimated $3 million annually for affordable housing projects.
“This is a balanced approach that establishes clear rules of the road for short-term rental hosts and guests while protecting neighborhood quality of life through increased oversight and enforcement,” Mayor Faulconer said. “This is a fair compromise that allows the home-sharing economy and our neighborhoods to co-exist and gives everyone clarity moving forward. I look forward to working with the City Council on passing these proposed regulations.”
BALANCED PROGRAM WITH CLEAR RULES
Mayor Faulconer's proposal controls STRO use by requiring an annual license for rentals when the host is not present (known as a “whole home” rental) and allows a host to have guests when they are physically present (known as a “home share” rental) without a license year-round for stays of less than one month.
“The heart of the compliance angle lies within the good neighbor requirements provided to each guest for each visit. The policy outlines expectations for behavior during each stay so guests maintain respect for neighbors,” said Bob Vacchi, the City’s Development Services Department Director.
A maximum of two licenses can be issued to a host – one for their primary residence and one additional license for a secondary residence. There are no limitations, however, on the number of licenses available to hosts within Mission Beach given the long history of vacation rentals and unique character of the community. Regulations would require a three-night minimum stay for coastal and downtown communities. Units with five or more bedrooms will first be required to obtain a Neighborhood Use Permit from the Development Services Department.
All hosts are required to:
All platforms are required to:
ENFORCEMENT, COMPLIANCE AND NEW ONLINE TOOL FOR COMPLAINTS
Mayor Faulconer is committed to active enforcement to ensure hosts, guests and online platforms for short-term rentals are in compliance with the proposed regulations. The Mayor’s plan calls for a new team of police and code enforcement officers to work evenings and weekends to address code complaints. The proposal would also create a license and registration system that interfaces with City databases, and the creation of a complaint hotline or mobile application for residents to report violations.
“The San Diego Police Department will work hand-in-hand with Code Enforcement Officers to ensure active and proper enforcement of the proposed regulations,” said Assistant Police Chief Albert Guaderrama. “These new rules will allow us to keep nuisance properties in check and improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods.”
Enforcement is based on an inter-departmental strategy that includes the Code Enforcement Division, the City Treasurer’s Office, the City Attorney’s Office and the San Diego Police Department (SDPD).
The enforcement program will:
SUPPORTING AFFORDABLE HOUSING
The proposal also includes a new Affordable Housing Impact Fee of $2.73 per rental night, paid for by hosts. Implementation of the fee is expected to generate $3 million per year for the Affordable Housing Fund, which is administered by the San Diego Housing Commission and is used to pay for affordable housing-related projects.
The City Council will consider the Mayor’s STRO proposal at a hearing scheduled on Monday, July 16, at noon.
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