By Christina Sandefur | Goldwater Institute
Bad news for San Diego homeowners and tourists alike: The City Council just imposed strict regulations on home-sharing, limiting the properties a homeowner can rent short-term to that person’s primary residence and one additional unit on the same property as the primary residence. In other words, if an individual or business owns more than one property in San Diego, or if they live outside of the city, they will be prohibited from using those homes for short-term rentals.
These regulations are similar to—but even stricter than—those imposed by the city of Seattle, which voted to limit the number of homes a person can rent short-term to their primary residence plus two additional properties. If an individual or business owns more than three properties, they will be prohibited from using them for short-term rentals. Last month, we filed a legal challenge against the anti-home-sharing law in Seattle, and against Miami Beach and Pacific Grove, California. In each case, we’re standing up for homeowners who had been renting their homes responsibly but fell victim to the misguided war on home-sharing that city officials are waging coast to coast.