Skip to main content

LATEST UPDATES: Election 2020: Live Results | Tracking COVID-19 | Racial Justice

Regulations Ban Homeowners From Renting Out Secondary Residences As Short-Term Rentals

Residents listen to a public discussion about the potential effects of a prop...

Photo by Andrew Bowen

Above: Residents listen to a public discussion about the potential effects of a proposed ordinance regarding short-term rentals in the San Diego City Council chambers, July 16, 2018.

Regulations Ban Home Owners From Renting Out Secondary Residences As Short-Term Rentals


Andrew Bowen, metro reporter, KPBS News


San Diego's years-long debate over how to regulate short-term home rentals, like Airbnb and HomeAway, came to a close Monday.

The San Diego City Council voted 6-3 on short-term rental regulations proposed by San Diego Councilwoman Barbara Bry. Homeowners who want to rent out their entire homes will be required to pay $949 each year for a license and may only rent out their primary residence for up to six months of the year.

Chris Cate, Scott Sherman and David Alvarez voted against the plan.

The new rules are set to go into effect in July 2019. The regulations affecting coastal neighborhoods must also be approved by the California Coastal Commission.

Councilwoman Bry said short-term rentals deplete the housing supply, thus exacerbating the housing crisis.

"I'm excited that we were able to do something that's the right policy for our city, and that we talked about housing, which was the right thing to be talking about," Bry said after the vote.

AirBnb host Jeff MacGurn was not happy with the outcome.

"Well let's call it for what it is. It's a ban. They passed a ban today," he said. "It wouldn't allow us to rent out our place. It would also deprive thousands of other San Diegans the opportunity to rent out their places without going underwater."

Ordinances similar to the one passed by the San Diego City Council have ended up in court or on the ballot via a referendum.


San Diego News Matters podcast branding

KPBS' daily news podcast covering local politics, education, health, environment, the border and more. New episodes are ready weekday mornings so you can listen on your morning commute.

  • Need help keeping up with the news that matters most? Get the day's top news — ranging from local to international — straight to your inbox each weekday morning.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Midday Edition banner

KPBS Midday Edition is a daily radio news magazine keeping San Diego in the know on everything from politics to the arts.

Want more KPBS news?
Find us on Twitter and Facebook, or sign up for our newsletters.

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader.