About The Short Term Rental Alliance of San Diego
The Short Term Rental Alliance of San Diego is comprised of individuals who share a portion of, or their entire home(s) on online websites/services such as AirBNB, VRBO, Homeaway, Tripping, Roomorama, and countless others.
The majority of STRASD members live on the property we invite others to stay in/on, and we started utilizing short-term rentals as a means to pay bills, mortgage, other debt, etc. in addition to meeting new people and making new friends from around the world.
The Short Term Rental Alliance of San Diego will collaborate with stakeholders and local politicians to develop, outline, and implement meaningful regulations regarding short-term rentals within the City of San Diego.
The United States (and around the world) has seen the growth of short-term rentals through such services as AirBNB, VRBO, Homeaway, and many others. Short-term rentals are a great way to travel and save on lodging, while meeting new people from around the world.
San Diego, like many other cities, has regulations for transient (short-term) guests that were created many years ago with only hotels in mind. The need for affordable lodging was born out of necessity, with expensive hotels being out of the price range for many consumers. The story of AirBNB is not unlike many other home sharing services – a way to connect travelers with locals willing to share their home for a price far below traditional lodging options.
The majority of hosts have strict requirements to book their property (including good neighbor policies) and guests are property screened. As a result, 99% of short-term rental hosts never have an issue with their guests, who come and go without incident. Guests are largely unnoticed by neighbors and get to experience life in one of San Diego’s amazing neighborhoods without being stuck in the hotel zone of the Gaslamp.
However, just like there’s a chance at having a “long-term” neighbor move in next door who causes problems in the neighborhood – there is also that possibility with short-term rentals. There have been disruptions caused by guests who are not respectful and have not been good neighbors.
What happened to some of our member hosts:
- Unhappy neighbors (either due to problems with guests or a distaste for short-term rentals) have complained to police, code enforcement, and other city departments, causing these departments to scrutinize the home sharing industry.
- Code enforcement cited hosts for code enforcement violations, “unlawful” living spaces, or cited structures for not being up to building code (even though the structure was purchased as-is with no code enforcement issues previously).
- The city treasurer began to track down home sharing hosts, and issue Transient Occupancy Tax and Tourism Marketing District tax bills to hosts for past years (with no proof of money charged/earned) and attached the maximum 25% late penalty. This has resulted in tax bills in the amount of $8000-$40,000+ for some hosts.
- Upon reviewing municipal codes and regulations, there was a large gray area surrounding short-term rentals and what regulations hosts are, and are not bound to abide by.
After falling victim to some of the above issues, and receiving punitive notices from the city, some of our founding members began to search for others with similar stories, and found that we are not alone. In January of 2015, we first met to discuss our respective home sharing stories, issues with the city, and decided that time for change is long overdue.
Thus, we formed the Short Term Rental Alliance of San Diego, and hope to be the driving force for positive change in how the city recognizes and governs the home sharing industry in America’s Finest City.