MULTIPLE CITIES AND COUNTIES IN CALIFORNIA EITHER ISSUE BANS OR ARE STRONGLY CONSIDERING BANS ON STR

Updated: Mar 31

Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs issue temporary ban on vacation rentals


Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage placed a temporary ban on rentals effective immediately. According to a statement by Palm Springs officials, the city's order applies to all temporary lodging including hotels and vacation rentals like Airbnb, unless those rentals are being used for "migration and containment measures related to the spread" of coronavirus. City officials urged visitors to cancel all bookings through April 30, although the order will remain in effect until an unspecified future date. Violators can be fined $5,000 for their first offense, $10,000 for their second and $25,000 for their third, the order reads.

"Visitors currently staying in a vacation rental, homeshare, or hotel should return to their home community immediately and shelter in place,'' Ready said. On Monday, Rancho Mirage city officials issued an order that barred short-term vacation rentals as well. The order is effective from March 23, 2020 through June 1, 2020, unless amended earlier.

The city also placed a hold on processing any new applications until the temporary moratorium is lifted.

Rancho Mirage will issue citations and fines to any property found to be in violation of the moratorium. Fines begin at $5,000, however, additional citations can result based on further violations, including a full revocation of Short-Term Rental certificate. Rancho Mirage residents and neighbors can report suspected Short-Term Rental activity by calling the Rancho Mirage Short-Term Rental hotline at 760-833-7999.

Palm Springs residents can call the city's hotline at 760-322-8383 to report suspected Short-Term Rental activity.

The hotlines are to report complaints only. Staff is not able to answer questions. "This temporary moratorium on the City's Short-Term Rentals is another precautionary step to discourage potential visitors during this pandemic," reads a statement by Rancho Mirage officials.

As of noon Tuesday, there were 59 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Riverside County, with 28 in the Coachella Valley. Six people have died from complications associated with the disease, all in the Coachella Valley.


Nevada County Public Health Clarifies "Stay-at-Home" for Short-term Rentals


On March 19th, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-33-20, requiring all persons residing in the State to remain in their homes or places of residence, except as needed to maintain the continuity of operations for critical infrastructure Nevada County Health Officer, Dr. Ken Cutler, has issued a local Order to clarify that while short-term lodging facilities may help temporarily house local homeless populations or critical infrastructure workers, they should not house people for non-essential needs such as short-term vacation rentals. This Nevada County Order applies to hotels, motels, condominiums or other units. If a short-term rental does not fit into the categories listed in the local Order, it should be closed.

If there is uncertainty of a short-term lodging facility falling within the State’s Stay-at-Home Order, Nevada County Public Health and Office of Emergency Services are able authorize it’s use.

Importance of Stay-at-Home Order  Coronavirus continues to be an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. "California’s Stay-at-Home Order is more important than ever. Nevada County has beautiful, rural destination towns, and the public health and safety of our community is our first priority," said Nevada County Public Health Officer, Dr, Cutler. "By clarifying the intent of the Stay-at-Home Order we hope that people will truly stay in their place of residence and let people know that this is not the time to be traveling."

This local Order will remain in effect until rescinded by the Nevada County Health Officer. The statewide Stay-at-Home Order is a critical intervention to reduce harm from the spread of the coronavirus in our community. By staying at home except for essential activities such as food, necessary medical needs and time outdoors while practicing social distancing, we can slow the spread, flatten the curve and limit the impacts to local health care systems. Health officers across northern California jurisdictions are responding to quickly increasing cases and serious illnesses across the region. Now is the time to do everything we can to prevent the situation from getting much worse in a matter of days or weeks. Find local, up-to-date information and links to state and federal guidance at www.mynevadacounty.com/coronavirus.


Trinidad Passes Moratorium on Short-Term Rentals During COVID-19 Outbreak; County May Consider a Similar Move

City of Trinidad. | Wikipedia. This afternoon at a special phone-in meeting, the Trinidad City Council unanimously passed a single agenda item, placing a moratorium on short-term rentals until the COVID-19 crisis is over, with an exemption for first responders and health care workers. The resolution will go into effect on Sunday.

Over the course of the meeting, council members added some teeth to the resolution with language saying that a single violation may result in the City revoking a proprietor’s short-term rental license for up to a year. 

The moratorium will remain in effect until both the county and state lift their shelter-in-place orders, which were implemented to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

At the suggestion of councilmembers Dwight Miller and Tom Davies, the council also tweaked the resolution slightly to include not just vacation rentals such as Airbnb listings but all rentals that collect transient occupancy taxes (TOT). That move will make the centrally located Trinidad Bay Bed & Breakfast Hotel subject to the resolution’s strictures. The motives behind the moratorium are twofold, according to the council: to dissuade vacationers from coming to town during the pandemic and to reserve the limited housing stock for local residents, health care workers and other essential personnel.

Fifth District Supervisor Steve Madrone brought the issue up at Thursday’s special meeting of the Board of Supervisors, noting that vacation rentals are popular in the picturesque seaside town, but that inviting outsiders during a pandemic is probably a bad idea.  “There’s a need for housing for doctors and health care workers,” he said during the meeting, “but it seems to me we could require them to show proof that they work in the health care industry.” Madrone asked whether the county could come up with an enforceable policy for the county’s unincorporated areas. County Health Officer Dr. Teresa Frankovich said she agrees that “this is not a tourist destination right now.” She added, “We need to limit people arriving for nonessential services.”

A few members of the Trinidad-area public called into today’s meeting. Nearly all expressed support for the new regulations. Shirley Laos, a member of the Trinidad Rancheria, said the tribe would like to reserve the Seascape Home and Cottage, a tribe-owned vacation rental, for tribal members who may need to self-quarantine or maintain social distance during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Prior to the vote, Trinidad City Manager Eli Naffah noted that he’s been in talks with county staff, including Chief Administrative Officer Amy Nilsen and members of the Office of Emergency Services, who requested a copy of the ordinance, once passed, because they would like to see a similar one considered at the county level.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors is on April 14.


Trinidad Passes Moratorium on Short-Term Rentals During COVID-19 Outbreak; County May Consider a Similar Move




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