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San Diego Planning Commission discusses potential short-term rental restrictions

Posted at 12:48 PM, Oct 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-08 15:48:20-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- San Diego’s Planning Commission met Thursday to discuss potential new rules that would help regulate the short-term rental industry in the city.

A plan proposed by City Councilmember Jennifer Campbell was first introduced in July after a compromise was reached among members of the hospitality industry and short-term rental companies.

The plan would implement tighter restrictions such as capping the number of short-term rental permits that are granted. There are also plans to require a two-night minimum stay to avoid one-night stays that are often connected to big parties that concerns residents.

A representative for Campbell says implementing tighter regulations will help law enforcement address any problems that may arise.

The proposed plan creates penalties and fines for those who violate the city’s “good neighbor” policy.

More than 500 people signed up to voice their opinion about this proposal during Thursday’s virtual meeting.

One caller said, “We depend on this for our livelihood, especially since the pandemic has taken a toll on us already. Without having the ability to host, many of us will be forced to leave our homes.”

Another caller added, “This has been an issue for years. It’s now time to act and bring it to a close.”

The next step will be to send the proposal to the full City Council for review.