City Council votes to rescind Short Term Vacation Rental (STVR) ordinance

     Faced with a referendum seeking to repeal San Diego’s new restrictions on short-term rentals, the City Council did just that on Monday (October 22), but left open the question of how it will regulate home sharing in the future. The council Monday afternoon had only two choices before it — repeal the regulations it initially approved in July and reaffirmed in August or put the question before the electorate in a future election.
     The effect of the council action is to once again leave San Diego in limbo on the long debated question of who can rent out homes for periods of less than 30 days, an increasingly common practice popularized by online platforms like Airbnb and HomeAway.
     The council vote to rescind the short-term rental legislation was 8-1, with Councilwoman Lorie Zapf dissenting. Zapf had supported taking the matter to the voters.

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Note from Mack Langston: The Coalition of Town Councils’ STVR Working Group, made up of community volunteers, will continue to meet with other community and elected leaders to help formulate and recommend a compromise strategy to regulate the home-sharing business. Please feel free to contact me at for further updates.

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