Chula Vista’s New Airbnb Rules: City Council Approves Policy

CHULA VISTA, CA – New rules are coming for short term rental properties in Chula Vista.

Chula Vista City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously – with two members absent – to add more rules to short-term rentals such as Airbnb to reduce rowdy guests and help deal with the crisis local housing.

Many short-term rental owners were in fact in favor of a modified ordinance that would not limit the number of days they could rent to guests.

“Congratulations,” said Mary Salas, mayor of Chula Vista, after the vote.

The new rule means that hosts will have to apply for permits, limit the number of guests and notify neighbors, among other restrictions. Most of the requirements come into effect on January 1, 2022, with the exception of some selected items which will not take effect until July.

Before Tuesday’s vote, there were few regulations for existing short-term vacation rentals.

The new rule does not limit the number of days a landlord can rent out their second home or part of their primary home.

“Let’s implement this as soon as possible so that we can prosecute these bad actors… We can dissuade them from operating in Chula Vista like they did,” said Mayor Salas.

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