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Signatures Submitted For Referendum To Overturn San Diego’s Short-Term Rental Rules

San Diego City Councilman Scott Sherman speaking at a Share San Diego press c...

Credit: Katie Schoolov

Above: San Diego City Councilman Scott Sherman speaking at a Share San Diego press conference outside the San Diego County Registrar of Voters Office on Aug. 30, 2018. The coalition submitted thousands of signatures to overturn the city's new short-term vacation rental regulations.

Signatures Submitted For Referendum To Overturn San Diego's Short-Term Rental Rules


Lori Weisberg, reporter, The San Diego Union-Tribune


San Diego voters may get a chance to overturn newly-approved rules to regulate short-term vacation rentals.

On Thursday, vacation rental proponents turned in more than 62,000 signatures to place a referendum on the ballot.

After years of debate, the San Diego City Council last month approved the short-term rental regulations. The rules limit rentals to a homeowner's primary residence for no more than six months of the year. Renting out a second home for short stays would be prohibited.

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But opponents say the rules are too restrictive and would wipe out vacation rentals in coastal communities. Supporters of the regulations say short-term rentals worsen the housing crisis.

A group called Share San Diego, which includes home-sharing companies AirBnB and HomeAway and hosts, is behind the referendum. If San Diego County's Registrar of Voters validates 36,000 of the signatures collected, the City Council will be forced to either place the measure on the ballot, likely in 2020, or withdraw the new regulations, the Union-Tribune reports.

The Registrar of Voters has 30 days to verify the signatures.

Lori Weisberg, who covers tourism and the hospitality industry for the Union-Tribune, discusses the referendum effort Friday on Midday Edition.


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