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San Diego, CA: The local war on websites like Airbnb hits close to home

San Diego, CA: The local war on websites like Airbnb hits close to home
Airbnb causes cancer!
Well, not really, but the vilification of short-term rental companies, such as Airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway, has become so heated that a comment like that doesn’t seem unimaginable. That’s not to say I don’t believe all the stories: the orgy in Manhattan, the rape in Barcelona, the vomit on someone’s front lawn in Pacific Beach, small children hearing foul language in Pacific Beach, broken glass in the street in Pacific Beach. Wait, wasn’t PB like that before Airbnb?

Berkeley, CA: Housing Advisory Commission passes recommendations regulating short-term rentals

At a Thursday meeting, the Housing Advisory Commission passed a set of recommendations regulating short-term rentals and including listings on platforms such as Airbnb and Flipkey.

 

The commission passed six proposals that are in accordance with seven of nine guidelines referred to it by Berkeley City Council. It chose to take no action on whether a unit may be rented for more than 90 days without a host present or how to penalize hosts for regulation violations. Before returning to the council, the recommendations will come before the city Planning Commission on Oct. 21.

San Francisco Proposition F: Regulating Short-Term Rentals

Airbnb, HomeAway and similar businesses have made it easy and profitable for homeowners, or even long-term renters, to use their living spaces for informal bed-and-breakfasts, hosting visitors for days or weeks at a time. This unmonitored industry has ballooned.

Tahoe vacation rental lawsuit claims equal protection applies

Tahoe vacation rental lawsuit claims equal protection applies

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Attorneys in a lawsuit are arguing that revamped city of South Lake Tahoe fees and rules are unfairly targeting vacation rental owners and property managers.

The new fee structure includes increases in annual permitting, along with fines.

Rules also solidify noise limits, set occupancy limits based on house size, and distinguishes between vacation rentals in tourist zones and residential neighborhoods.

St. Helena, CA: short-term rental lawsuit ends in settlement - violator fined $57,000

St. Helena, CA: short-term rental lawsuit ends in settlement - violator fined $57,000

The owners of a Scott Street house have agreed to pay the city $57,260 to settle a lawsuit claiming that the house operated as an unpermitted short-term rental.

The sum includes unpaid transient occupancy taxes, interest, penalties and reimbursement for the $29,143 in legal fees the city spent on the lawsuit, which was filed in May.