Office of the City Treasurer
The Rental Unit Business Tax is assessed annually on a calendar year basis upon anyone who owns, operates, or manages the rental of any residential real estate or portion of. Residential real estate includes single family residences, multiple family residences, mobile homes, trailers, apartments, bungalows, hotels, motels, and any property advertised or otherwise held out for lease or rent for more than six days during the calendar year.
If the property being billed is not being rented, complete and return the exemption form included with your billing statement. The exemption form can also be downloaded by visiting the following website http://www.sandiego.gov/treasurer/taxesfees/btax/rtaxexemptions.shtml
A Rental Unit Business Tax billing statement is mailed to property owners not having a Homeowner's Exemption on file with the County of San Diego Assessor. Property owners without a Homeowner's Exemption on file with the county are presumed to be renting. See San Diego Municipal Code §31.0305(h).
Property owners who have been granted a Homeowner exemption by the County and rent their residence or portion of are liable for the City's Rental Unit Business Tax. Contact the Treasurer's Office at (619) 615-1545 for questions.
Proof of residence may be any of the following, provided that it shows the owner/family membername and site address as the owner/family member mailing address: mailing label from a magazine, DMV registration, payment coupon (return portion) from any of the following SDG&E, phone, cable, water and sewer bill etc.
In the event that you receive a duplicate billing statement, individuals should contact the Treasurer's Office at (619) 615-1545 or via email at [email protected] to correct. Updates with the County Assessor could result in a duplicate Rental Unit Business Tax billing statement. Examples that may trigger an additional billing statement include refinancing your loan and changing ownership to a trust.
No. The City of San Diego's Rental Unit Business Tax is a flat tax imposed on every person conducting, operating, managing or renting any residential real estate. See San Diego Municipal Code §31.0305(h)
Billing statements are mailed annually beginning in December to the mailing address on file. If the billing statement is not received by February 1st of a given year, individuals should contact the Treasurer's Office at (619) 615-1545 or via email at [email protected] Failure to receive a notice or bill shall not affect the validity of any fee or penalty due hereunder, or the duty of such person to pay required taxes.
Yes, payments can be made online by visiting the following website https://Pay.sandiego.gov/BTaxRTaxPay/Login.aspx .
If you rent to Transients for less than one month, as definied by the San Diego Municipal Code, you are responsible for collecting and remitting the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) and therefore need a Transient Occupancy Registration Certificate. TOT registration, collection, and remittances is required for Short-Term and Vacation rental of any kind (i.e. houses, condos, rooms, or spaces) whether rented directly by the owner/operator, through property management companies, or via internet travel services or sharing platforms.
If you are unsure whether this applies to you, please contact TOT/TMD administration at (619) 615-1530 or [email protected]