Vacation rental hosts in San Diego and Airbnb can apply for new licenses required October 3

The City of San Diego officially opens applications for Short-Term Residential Occupancy Licenses — which will be required for short-term rental hosts in 2023 — on October 3.

Earlier in the year, San Diego implemented a new short-term rentals ordinance that provided guidelines for operators of short-term rentals, like Airbnbs and vacation homes.

In addition to requiring short-term rental operators to obtain a license, the ordinance also imposes a citywide cap on the number of licenses issued for whole-home rentals that operate more than 20 days per week. year.

In other words, San Diego limits the number of short-term vacation rentals available in the city and offers licensing on a lottery basis. The requirement for rental companies to have a license comes into force on May 1, 2023.

San Diego Council Member Jennifer Campbell Told the San Diego weather that the new regulations “will put more homes back on the market and give neighborhoods a better quality of life.”

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Before beginning the application process, rental hosts must have an active Transient Occupancy Tax Certificate and ensure they have paid all business taxes on associated rental units.

There will be four levels of licenses available:

Tier 1 licenses will be for homes rented less than 20 days per year, while Tier 2 is for room rentals in properties where owners or permanent residents also reside.

Tiers 3 and 4, which are for whole-home rentals, are where the caps come into play. San Diego will only license 1% of the city’s total homes, excluding Mission Beach. , which has an exclusion allowing for licenses to represent 30% of dwellings.

The application period for whole-home rentals begins at noon on October 3 and ends at 5 p.m. on November 30. The city will announce the license recipients by December 16, 2022.

About the Author: Mike Peterson is a freelance journalist and writer based in North San Diego County. He has written and worked for a number of local media, including the San Diego Union-Tribunethe North Coast Currentthe Ocean’s Edge Blade, and the Escondido Times-Lawyer.

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