Short-term rental issue heads to San Diego City Council

Posted at 7:00 PM, Oct 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-28 22:15:00-04

SAN DIEGO - More battle lines have been drawn in the war over short-term vacation rentals in single-family areas across the city of San Diego.

A year ago, Denise Friedman couldn't believe what was unfolding in the home next to hers in the Crown Point area.

"They had a keg of beer. They were falling down drunk, screaming and yelling and cursing and there are kids that live nearby," said Friedman.

For the last two years, Friedman has lived next to a short-term vacation rental.

"During the visitor season, I have new people next door to me every week," said Friedman.

Friedman said most of the renters actually do behave, but neighbors of other rentals have dealt with constant problems.

"We have all night parties and drunkenness. We have vandalism," said Friedman.

According to records of hotel taxes paid by the owners of rentals, of the 422 single-family homes in the Crown Point neighborhood, 20 have been turned into short-term rentals.

"It ruins the sense of community, family and the caring," said Friedman.

On Tuesday, the issue heads to the San Diego City Council, where a proposed change in wording to city codes could ban short-term rentals in single-family areas.

While some council members back it, others don't want to go that far, instead favoring restrictions like capping the amount of rental days in a year.

The City Council meets on the possible ban on Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. at Golden Hall.

Some short-term rentals would still be allowed in high-density and commercial areas.