Real Estate in San Diego: Deadline for Short-Term Rental Applications

SAN DIEGO — Residents of San Diegan must submit applications for a short-term rental license by 5 p.m. Wednesday. The city has a lotto system and will only give out 6,500 spaces to those looking to rent their homes for more than 20 days. one year.

As the sun sets on the City of San Diego’s application for a Short-Term Residential Occupancy License or STRO, Nancy’s Vacation Rentals owner and owner in San Diego, Greg Ross, is now sitting in limbo. about the future of his business.

“This is a business visitor area and we thought we were shielded from the regulations, and I should sell. I specifically purchased this property because I thought it would be immune to regulations,” Ross said.

New regulations put in place by the city suggest otherwise. Homeowners like Ross must soon have a license to rent an entire home for more than 20 days a year, cutting the city’s current vacation rentals in half.

“Now we put a cap on whole house rentals and a cap is 5,400 for the city, 1% of the residences in the city. For Mission Beach, they asked us if they could have a 30% cap because they were at 6% whole house rentals,” council member Jennifer Campbell explained to FOX 5 in an old interview. Mission Beach’s ceiling is 1,100.

Campbell suggests the cuts not only improve the quality of life for neighbors, but also help the long-term tenant, giving more homes back to San Diego residents.

An expert suggests the new order will not increase the likelihood of accommodation.

“I don’t see how it increases the likelihood of someone getting housing. It’s definitely for someone coming to San Diego on vacation. We’re really talking about people who rent out their house and make a little money renting it out for a weekend in PB or a week in Coronado or two weeks here. That doesn’t really speak to people who are really looking for affordable housing…” said Gerry Burchard, realtor at Urban Pacific Realty.

After Wednesday’s deadline, the fate of Ross and the contestants will be governed by a lottery system prioritized by what the city calls “good actors” to determine who can nominate properties for home vacation rentals.

“It’s really about organizing these landlords who are making money on Airbnb and VRBO and the city is saying we want to know who’s doing it, we want a piece of the action, we want to tax it and we want it. ‘organize,’” Burchard said.

The owners argue that the lottery system is unfair and ignores their attempts to be good neighbors and business owners to the San Diego community and beyond.

On the other hand, lifelong Mission Beach resident Chris Harton says his hometown doesn’t feel like home anymore.

“Where you had neighbors and families living, you have people coming in for a night or two and then leaving,” Harton said.

Ross, who also owns a property in Mission Beach, is worried about what the cap will mean for the economy as a whole.

“I’m going to have to fire people, I’m going to have to fire the cleaners. The main saving here is vacation rentals here in Mission Beach because there are really a few hotels,” Ross explained.

From Wednesday, the application period for all Short term rental occupancy or STRO license levels will be closed. A host can apply for one of four STRO levels: Part-Time, Home Sharing, Whole House, and Mission Beach Whole House. The license application period for levels three and four will end on November 30, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. Levels one and two will remain open indefinitely.

All submissions will then be put into a lottery after the deadline. As for those who end up getting a license, they should know by December 16th.

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