SAN DIEGO — San Diego was the fourth-busiest marketplace for on-line trip rental company Airbnb this summer time, the agency reported Thursday.
San Diego solely ranked behind New York, Los Angeles and Seattle.
In response to Airbnb, 33,800 residences have been booked in the course of the summer time, bringing greater than 187,seven hundred visitors to city. The corporate estimated they spent $seventy two million.
The prevalence of trip house leases has stirred vital controversy in San Diego in recent times, notably in seashore areas. Residents contend that many trip rental properties deliver additional noise, overcrowding and trash to their neighborhoods.
Nevertheless, makes an attempt to manage such companies have failed due to considerations over the rights of property house owners and potential guests who would in any other case face stiff lodge charges. An try and ban brief-time period leases in residential neighborhoods was rejected by the Metropolis Council final yr.
An try at a compromise, introduced forth by Councilwoman Barbara Bry, is scheduled to go earlier than metropolis lawmakers subsequent month.
The proposal by Bry, who represents Carmel Valley, La Jolla and College Metropolis — communities closely impacted by trip leases — would permit brief-time period leases in proprietor-occupied residences, however not in homes with absentee house owners.
Among the many provisions in Bry’s proposal:
— householders who need to lease must apply to the town for a allow;
— leases when the first occupant is absent can be restricted to ninety days a yr;
— the variety of renters can be restricted to 2 per visitor room plus one different customer per residence; and
— the first occupant can be required to offer written discover reminding renters they’re in a residential neighborhood and will conduct themselves accordingly, and giving details about parking guidelines and trash pickups.
Householders wouldn’t be allowed to promote a enterprise on their premises.
Metropolis Lawyer Mara Elliott has opined that brief-time period trip leases are unlawful in San Diego beneath present laws, however she’s been ready for Metropolis Council course earlier than starting enforcement.