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.

Some comments:

  • Why can't San Diego enforce its own laws and codes?  Why must this city run on greed?

  • I have lived in my home in Mission Hills for 40 years......a neighborhood of single family homes. Now the City Council wants to change the zoning to allow mini hotels next door to me. What is next? What is the purpose of zoning codes if they are not followed?

  • This is not a solution to the vast problems STVR have created.

  • No housing available! As a working couple, who currently spend 65% of our income for our apartment: we cannot move! There is nothing available: we cannot find housing: where will we go? For the past 24 years we've been active responsible participants in our community. Vacation rentals are eliminating housing for local working people.  Where will San Diegans live? Please stop now: we love are community!

  • We expect and demand that the City of San Diego enforce its Municipal Code.

  • If the owner doesn't normally live in the house, then it's a business, not a residence, and needs a business license.

  • It's a straightforward issue.  On one side, you have people who simply want to preserve a decent quality of life.  On the other side, you have people who want to make money.  "I can't afford to live here unless I rent my house out weekly."  Huh?  Then move somewhere more affordable.  But don't start a mini-hotel, or other business, in a residential area.  The City Council needs to step up and protect the interest of those who live here, not out-of-town investors.

  • Short-term rentals of less than one-month (28 days) days when the owner is not present should not be allowed, it is not fair for the neighbors.

  • Our neighborhood in Pacific Beach is zoned R1 for single family homes. We are trying to raise our children in a normal neighborhood and it was normal when we moved here 11 years ago. Now vacation rentals in our neighborhood disturb the peace, increase traffic and lower our homes values. While I realize the city looks forward to the tax revenues produced by these short term rentals, it is not right. You know that and we know that. No city councilperson would want one of these vacation rentals next door to their house!

  • I did not buy in Crown Point and pay $10,000 a year in property taxes to live next door to a hotel!  The police don't even come when you call in a noise complaint.  These rentals are destroying our quiet, family neighborhood!  We have to make city officials accountable.

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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

  • STVR are taking customers away from hotels and thereby reducing the City’s TOT revenue from hotels.

  • STVR diminish housing supply for citizens who hold jobs and create businesses that generate more jobs, sales tax revenue and property tax revenue for the City.

  • Currently, there are thousands of STVR in residential zones in all parts of the City – these are thousands of homes that are NOT available for people who want to work and live in San Diego. Housing shortages in any area ripple out to affect all other areas of the City, making it harder for everyone to find and afford a home. STVR also make housing harder to obtain because STVR investors can offer cash or better payment options than a working family wanting to buy a house.

  • Sales tax revenue from STVR occupants is less that from year-round residents.

  • Property tax revenue is less when an inherited property is not sold, but is merely cosmetically improved and used as an STVR.

  • Property tax revenue is less when an older property is not sold, but is merely cosmetically improved and used as an STVR.

  • Property values and property tax revenue are depressed for properties next to STVR.  When homes near an STVR are being sold, the seller must disclose the presence of the STVR.  Because of the negative impacts associated with being near an STVR (noise, living next to constantly changing strangers, parking, etc.), this disclosure reduces the selling price. The result is lower property value and less property tax revenue for the City than for the same property had it not been located near an STVR.

  • STVR are reducing hotel occupancy rates and hotel jobs, threatening the viability of some hotels and discouraging future hotel development. In the last 10 years, at least 2 motels in Pacific Beach have gone out of business.  This happened at the same time that STVR were rapidly proliferating.

  • STVR in residential zones displace long-term vested residents who build and enhance their community by joining the Town Council, coaching Little League, sending their kids to the local schools to keep them open, etc.  Additionally, negative impacts from STVR drive nearby vested residents to move away to escape the degradation of their quality of life.  When communities lose their vested residents due to STVR, these communities can become problematic and end up costing the City more money for police and other city services.

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.

 

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