Study after study is showing that short-term vacation rentals negatively impact neighborhoods. That's true even in parts of cities where STVR are not prevalent, as the San Diego affordable housing study on this page shows. STUDIESSAN DIEGO VAC. RENTAL DATAPENN STATE STUDYNYC-AIRBNB STUDYUNITE HERE SAN DIEGO STUDY
Below is a sample of the literally hundreds of comments we've received from residents negatively impacted by STVR. Of note: 99.5% of the respondents say the City of San Diego should enforce its current code prohibiting STVR in RS zones, and 99.5% also support legal action to force the City to do that. In addition, 84% of respondents would join a citizens rally to protect their neighborhoods.
of your neighbors
Short-term Vacation Rentals cost San Diego more revenue than they produce
In addition to noise, trash and other issues, vacation rentals cost neighborhoods dearly
At the heart of the issue is the heart of our communities;
STVR tear away at the fabric of our neighborhoods
The essay that helped launch a citizens' movement in San Diego
Imagine you are a child growing up in a neighborhood without neighbors.
You can’t go next door or a few houses down the street to just hang out with your buddies. Those houses don’t have families anymore. Instead, they host rotating groups of vacationing strangers who stay for 4-5 days, then leave. Not much chance of making a friend there.
The sad fact is that more and more children are facing a future in which they will have fewer and fewer real neighbors unless City Council acts to Save San Diego Neighborhoods. The reason? Short term vacation rentals (STVR).
A blip on the radar screen a few years ago, STVR have proliferated in recent years. Fueled by easy-to-use technology from big online companies that makes it extremely easy and profitable for anyone to turn their home into a mini-hotel, the growth of STVR is literally changing the face of San Diego communities. At the same time, STVR are so profitable investors are swooping into San Diego neighborhoods and buying up available homes, often with cash that they know they can make back easily.
In Pacific Beach alone, there has been a 646 percent increase in vacation rental houses in single-family neighborhoods from 2007 to 2015. In one single-family neighborhood in La Jolla, homes used for vacation rentals - instead of for permanent families - have increased 500 percent from 2008 to 2014. STVR now occupy almost a quarter of the homes in that rapidly changing La Jolla neighborhood.
Such change is not good for San Diego’s neighborhoods.
Vacation rentals are simply incompatible with the quality of life that families who buy homes in single-family neighborhoods have a reasonable right to expect.
Problems start with obvious things such as late-night noise from people on vacation who are partying next door to a home where kids have to get to sleep for school the next day and adults need to get up early to get ready for work. Throw into the equation San Diego’s infuriatingly ineffective noise-response policies and add a liberal mix of alcohol, drugs and the fact that homeowners are suddenly, and repeatedly, living next door to total strangers who may or may not be prone to violence, and you have a recipe for disaster for San Diego’s single-family neighborhoods.
Property managers and others who think there is nothing wrong with vacation rentals in single-family neighborhoods are quick to say that they, like everyone else, want to root out the “bad apples,” in part so their own vacationing guests have an enjoyable experience in San Diego. Their mantra is: “Curb the abuse, not the use” of STVR.
Certainly, we want to join with them and others in curbing abuses from vacation rentals.
One of our proposals – passed unanimously at a crowded meeting of the Pacific Beach Planning Group in March – would lift the onerous burden from sworn police officers of having to be first responders to every noise complaint made in the city. The relief this simple step alone would bring to thousands of long-suffering homeowners is incalculable.
But, we also keep thinking about the kids growing up in neighborhoods without neighbors.
That is why short term vacation rentals are different from anything our neighborhoods have faced. In fact, it is why the proliferation of STVR in single-family neighborhoods IS THE ABUSE. This is a many-sided issue, but at its heart is the heart of our neighborhoods.
When a neighborhood is 50 percent full of vacation rentals - not a far-fetched idea given the recent proliferation of STVR – who will be your kid’s Little League coach? It won’t be the vacation renter who is leaving in four or five days. Who is your daughter going to play with when there are no little girls left of her age in the community because so many homes in your area have been converted to STVR or sold to investors who convert the homes and make big bucks?
We respectfully suggest that Mayor Faulconer and the City Council ask themselves one simple question: Would you stand for this if this were happening to your kids or grandkids?
Families make the most important purchase of their lives – buying a home – because they want a suitable environment in which they can do the most important thing they will ever do in their lives – raise their children. They have a reasonable right to that expectation.
For them. For all of us. But, especially for our kids. A neighborhood should mean neighbors, not strangers.