Del Mar places temporary ban on rentals

Posted at 6:17 PM, Apr 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-05 00:18:34-04

Some Del Mar residents say enough is enough when it comes to short-term rentals in their town.

The Del Mar City Council agreed on Monday to a temporary ban on short-term rentals to combat complaints of noise, trash, parking and other issues along Del Mar's beachfront.

The emergency ban will last 45 days, and can be extended for up to six months. 

At the same time, the city is trying to come up with regulations on short-term rentals, including a minimum on stay or even an outright ban. The popularity has skyrocketed with web booking services like Airbnb and VRBO. 

Ed Yuskiewicz, who lives near the coast in Del Mar, said he'd like the practice stopped altogether. He said the out of towners ruined the peace on Easter Sunday.

"Fifteen people out on a deck, doing shots, screaming profanities for a couple hours until the property manager finally showed up and asked them to bring it inside," he said. 

But Kimberly Jackson, a Del Mar resident, said the complaints are overblown. 

"This is not the kind of town you come to party in," she said. "This is a family friendly neighborhood."

Jackson said a minimum stay could really hurt locals because people come for weekends when the fair and races are in the offseason.