The below article is a strong argument against out of control vacation rentals.
What the City Needs to Deal With Vacation Rentals: Clarity and Enforcement
I am sympathetic to San Diegans who want to rent out a room or a couch in their homes to make ends meet. The law should accommodate this kind of genuine home-sharing. But when short-term rentals are abused or unregulated, as is happening in San Diego now, residential neighborhoods suffer.
I’ve met San Diegans who are ready to pack up and leave the homes they’ve occupied for decades because they’re surrounded by out-of-control occupants. Their complaints have fallen on deaf ears and they’re losing hope that city officials will ever address their concerns.
It’s past time for clear, concise regulations and a consistent enforcement policy for short-term vacation rentals. Ignoring the law leaves neighborhoods without a voice.
City leaders must update the laws to protect our neighborhoods, lay out clear rules for home-sharing and explicitly spell out where short-term rentals are a permissible use. Then, the city must enforce the law, something it is currently failing to do.
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In a related article on the same website:
Vacation Rental Proponents Have a Big Factor Working Against Them: Zoning
Many parts of our city have seen a dramatic rise in mini-motel operations in single-family neighborhoods despite zoning that prohibits hotel and motels.
Unfortunately, the piece entirely missed the real issue: the misuse of land for purposes that are incompatible with single-family neighborhoods.
The city has myriad rules on what can be located where, it’s what we call zoning. Zoning allows for reasonable expectations of what uses will occur in our neighborhoods, and for adequate notice if someone wants to change the zone to introduce a previously prohibited use. But in the case of short-term rentals, many parts of our city have seen a dramatic rise in mini-motel operations in single-family neighborhoods despite zoning that prohibits hotel and motels. There are many reasons for this growth, but we suspect that technology is a major contributor.
But the reasons, technological or otherwise, are not the issue. Adherence to zoning regulations is the real issue. When you buy a home in a residentially zoned neighborhood in San Diego, you have a reasonable expectation that the houses next to you will remain residences. You also rightly assume that if your neighbor someday decides to turn his or her house into an auto-body shop or some other commercial use, the city will step in to prevent that from happening.
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