Updated: Mar 26, 2020

If these last few weeks have taught us anything, it is the value of our neighbors, and especially how much more valuable they are than the fifty percent of total dwellings in Mission Beach, the short term rentals, that are almost all vacant nowadays. Of course, having short term rental visitors living next door is worse than the house being vacant given that the visitors could be infected and spreading the COVID-19 virus.

It is amazingly insensitive for STR investor owners to continue to bring visitors into our communities. STOP NOW!

Thank you for writing to City Attorney Mara Elliott regarding the enforcement of City regulations on short-term rentals.

The City Attorney believes that short-term rentals in San Diego should be defined and regulated in a clear and comprehensive manner that respects the rights of all property owners and protects our neighborhoods. Since STRs are not defined or regulated, they are not a permissible land use under the San Diego Municipal Code. Since neither the Mayor nor the City Council have defined or created a regulatory framework for STRs, the City Attorney’s Office must rely on existing City regulations and State laws commonly associated with STRs, such as excessive trash and noise and other nuisances.

Enforcement of City regulations begins with a complaint to the responsible mayoral department (i.e., SDPD, Fire, or the Development Services Department), which has the power to investigate and to cite violators. If a property is found to be out of compliance, the department will issue a notice of violation, which includes a deadline by which the property owner must bring the property into compliance. If the property owner fails to bring the property into compliance, the investigating department can refer the matter to the City Attorney’s Office for review and possibly prosecution.

If you wish to complain about a specific STR, we encourage you to begin by contacting the Code Enforcement Division of the Development Services Department at 619-236-5500, or by filling out the online form here: https://www.sandiego.gov/development-services/code-enforcement/request-investigation

We also encourage you to contact your councilmember to request the creation of rules regulating STRs. Rules specific to STRs will provide this Office with the tools we need to better protect neighborhoods from nuisances associated with irresponsible STRs.

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