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Compromise could lead to answers for San Diego short-term rental issue

Posted at 1:18 PM, Jul 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-02 16:18:20-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A compromise in San Diego’s short-term rental debate may help the city get answers.

In a news conference, San Diego City Councilmember Jennifer Campbell announced a compromise between “United Here,” which represents more than 6,000 local hotel, gaming, and hospitality workers, and Expedia Group, which is the parent company for short-term rental brands.

Both sides have agreed on rules that Campbell said could help regulate the short-term rental industry -- by providing a balance between the hospitality industry and preserving the right of homeowners to use their property to help make ends meet.

Under this agreement, it would cap the number of short-term rental permits that were granted and also establish a 2-night minimum stay.

In turn, residents will be allowed to home share and those who rent out their homes part time -- usually during big events like Comic-Con, Pride, or December Nights -- wouldn’t have to pay the full permit costs.

There will also be strict enforcement of the Good Neighbor Policy, which would include fines for those who violate it and possibly having permits revoked for repeat violations.

This plan will be sent to the full council for further review.