Application Process Opens for San Diego Short-Term Rental Licenses

SAN DIEGO (CNS) — Beginning noon Monday, operators of short-term rental properties in the City of San Diego can apply for a license to offer stays of less than a month.

The ordinance mandating the Short-Term Residential Occupancy License, or STRO, was passed in 2021 and subsequently approved by the California Coastal Commission. Its guidelines include a requirement for rental hosts to obtain a license and set a cap on the number of licenses granted for whole-home rentals operating more than 20 days per year.

“Having led this effort for the past two years, I look forward to the opening of the STRO license application process for all levels on October 3, 2022,” said Advisor Jennifer Campbell. “A host will be able to apply for one of four STRO license levels: part-time, home-sharing, whole-house, and Mission Beach whole-house. These new regulations will bring more homes back to market and give neighborhoods a higher quality of living. life. life.”

The STRO license will be required starting May 1, 2023. The law caps short-term vacation rentals at 1% of the city’s housing supply and prioritizes “good performers” in a lottery to determine who can offer properties for home vacations. rentals.

But the ordinance, which Campbell called last year a compromise between property owners and corporate rental services such as VRBO and Airbnb, has drawn criticism — mostly from landlords concerned about fairness and fairness of the future lottery system.

Before beginning the application process, hosts must have an active Transient Occupancy Tax Certificate and ensure that all rental unit business taxes are in active payment status, according to the city. Additionally, applicants are encouraged to visit the city’s STRO site, complete the STRO application checklist by Monday.

“We strive to make this process clear and easy to understand, and we are here to support applicants,” City Treasurer Elizabeth Correia said. “Our team has put together a comprehensive STRO Application Checklist and STRO License Application Video that will help hosts successfully submit an application. We strongly encourage hosts to review the materials available on the STRO webpage. “

For whole-house rentals operating more than 20 days per year, the STRO license application period will be open Monday noon through November 30 at 5 p.m. Whole house license recipients will be announced by December 16th. the remaining license types will remain open indefinitely.

Hosts are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

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