Residents of Dana Point, California, asked the City Council to reconsider new rules for how short-term rentals can operate in a popular destination for whale-watchers and beach vacationers. In May, the Planning Commission passed regulations for properties promoted through such online rental sites as Airbnb, Vrbo, and HomeAway, capping the number allowed unless the homeowner is renting out part of their own home or multi-unit property, but will be onsite. However, concerned residents say the commission is not equipped to manage the issue, and that the City Council should be mandating the rules, while also worried that too many categories of vacation rentals are being allowed. Resident Kim Tarantino said property owners might be incentivized to ditch long-term renters in favor of converting apartments and townhomes into vacation rentals, which could earn more profits. In considering the issue, Planning Commissioner Eric Nelson said the commission especially focused on curtailing nuisances in neighborhoods that can be created by short-term rentals. He added that the commission imposed a limit on properties exclusively used for vacation rentals to ensure that operators did not own more than one home. Yet concerned residents wish to see tighter controls with more enforcement, and have requested that no new permits be made available in residential districts. Rather, they want them limited to mixed-use areas, and said no more than five duplexes should be allowed as vacation rentals per district.
Orange County Register (07/12/22) Erika I. Ritchie