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Vacationers incompatible with neighborhood quality of life

By Tom Coat & Brian J. Curry | 5:45 p.m. Sept. 3, 2015, San Diego Union-Tribune

A blip on the radar screen a few years ago, short-term vacation rentals (STVRs) have proliferated in San Diego. Data show Airbnb, one of dozens of online vacation rental websites, has 3,530 listings in San Diego. Of those, 65 percent – 2,283 – are whole-house, absentee-owner rentals. These are unsupervised, lucrative, mini-hotels operating next to homes in residential neighborhoods.

 

Short-term rentals: Rules with teeth, flexibility needed

By San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board | 5 p.m. Aug. 23, 2015, San Diego Union-Tribune

In coming weeks and months, the San Diego City Council will consider adopting new regulations addressing short-term vacation rentals. With the rise of Airbnb and similar online sites making do-it-yourself rental side businesses easier than ever, many homeowners around America and the world have jumped at the chance to make extra money by renting their properties for weekends and other short stays. In California, this has prompted fierce blowback from neighbors who say their communities are being disrupted and that the intentions of residential zoning laws are being twisted or ignored. This backlash has led to sharp crackdowns on rentals, often in the form of requiring a minimum 30-day stay. Hermosa Beach, Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach and Laguna Beach have strict rules, and several other cities are considering them.

 

Loss of Community Is Greatest Threat From Airbnb and Short-Term Vacation Rentals

By FRANK GORMLIE on SEPTEMBER 1, 2015, OB Rag

Short-term vacation rentals are on the minds of a lot of people these days, especially with those who live at the coast in San Diego. When a significant number of residential units in a neighborhood are taken off the long-term (30 days or more) rental market, and turned into short-term vacation rentals, there are multiple results or consequences that impact that neighborhood.

 

Rein in vacation rentals

By U-T Letters | 5 p.m. Aug. 25, 2015, San Diego Union-Tribune

The damage (from the explosive growth of STVR in San Diego) this does to the fabric of neighborhoods is incalculable. Mini-hotels with rotating groups of vacationers are incompatible with residents living next door. That’s why cities have zoning. Save San Diego Neighborhoods urges the city to ban mini-hotels from single-family zones.

 

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