July 23, 2017

Del Mar takes first steps toward a new rental regime

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Short Rentals After shutting the door on short-term rentals last month, Del Mar is starting to figure out how much to open it back up.

Last month, the council issued a hotly disputed ruling that interpreted residential rentals of less than 30 days — the kind popularized by websites such as AirBnb and VRBO — as a violation in all of Del Mar’s residential zones. The council made that move in order to establish a baseline from whence to enact further reforms, including potential changes to city code and creation of processes for rentals in certain areas and certain lengths of time.

Saturday, May 6, marked the council’s first substantive discussion of rental varieties, approaches to enforcement and processes needed to enact reform, a continuation of a hearing held five days earlier.

The city has not started enforcing the April “baseline” ruling. The moratorium put in place last year continues to be the law of the land: homeowners who can prove they started renting out their home prior to April 2016 can continue to do so.

Saturday’s discussion yielded several key developments:

The council wants to explore allowing rentals for between 21 and 29 days, with a minimum increment of seven daysHome exchanges — […]

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