Time is running out to block short-term rentals in Long Beach neighborhoods – Press Telegram

The inaugural application period for Long Beach residents to block future short-term rentals in their neighborhoods ends in about two weeks, about five months after the city’s regulations on properties used as places go into effect. vacation.

The Long Beach City Council first passed laws regulating short-term rentals last year, but then added a remedy for other residents, who said the places often became disruptive party houses. the neighborhood, to protest against those who lacked hosts on the spot.

Short-term rentals, or STRs, have become increasingly popular vacation options, both because they often offer a more comfortable experience than hotels for around the same price or less, and in due to the rise of STR companies like Airbnb. But residents have also complained that out-of-town visitors who occupy these properties for a weekend or more often bring problems, like loud parties.

City bylaws, which went into effect at the end of April, attempted to address this issue. They allow owners to rent their main residence indefinitely if they are present and up to 90 days a year when they are not present. But landlords can only rent one property that is not their primary residence and must have someone who can respond to complaints available 24/7.

The city has also capped the number of secondary property listings to 800 in total.

Those wishing to use their properties as hosted or non-hosted STRs must apply for and obtain annual authorization.

The city issued 162 permits for non-hosted STRs and 175 permits for hosted STRs.

But Long Beach also protects those who oppose unhosted STRs — a warning led by Councilman Suzie Price, whose beachfront Third District is a prime location for Airbnb and other short-term rental companies. – by allowing neighbors to circulate petitions each year.

The petition request period was originally scheduled to end in June, but has been extended to September 30.

As part of that process, residents must initiate the petition process to block future unhoused short-term rentals in their neighborhood, according to Department of Developmental Services spokesman Richard De La Torre. When a resident submits a petition request, it must first be validated. Then, petitions are sent to all the owners in the neighborhood.

Long Beach uses census tract block groups to define neighborhoods.

If the majority of petitions in a neighborhood are returned, then the effort is successful.

But that won’t immediately shut down unhoused short-term rentals in the neighborhood.

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