Apply for Short Term Rental?

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I'd like to add my condo as a short-term rental with the City of Santa Barbara and want to go about it the right way. There are several people in my complex who are already doing it but I'm not sure if they've followed the rules. 

My condo is located downtown, a block from State Street, in the R-MH (R-4) - Residential Multi-Unit and Hotel zone. The city's website section on short term rental's is completely empty:

Do edhatters have any insight?

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Byzantium Sep 29, 2020 01:39 PM
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Chances are the city will curtail the current STR scofflaws in your complex if/when you try to go legal. The better question - do you think SB has a "housing crisis" and should keep adding to the housing inventory with denser stack and pack units, while allowing many housing units to be removed from the residential market - legally or illegally? Some feel there should be no STR's as long as one side of the mouth is claiming we have a "housing crisis". Talk to your district city council person for more information -that is why we elect them. Contact their office at city hall.

PitMix Sep 29, 2020 01:49 PM
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Realtor website has info: "Basically, you can’t have short term vacation rentals within the City of Santa Barbara, although there are some exceptions. If the unit is within a R-4, Commercial (C), or Manufacturing (M) zone you can register with the City and get a business license. Although this seems like a big change, the City really hasn’t changed anything except now they are enforcing their current ordinance and they won’t be issuing business licenses and collecting Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT). "
Also I think you are allowed to have one if you are in the Coastal Zone controlled by the Coastal Commission.

SBZZ Sep 29, 2020 02:22 PM
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To an edhat reader - See and review all of the comments before you pursue your agenda further...

RHS Sep 29, 2020 04:04 PM
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We do not need to pack people into the city like cordwood. The idea that rental condos are salutary is another cooption with a bleak future. STRs are designed to cater to those who are willing to spend a big amount of money for a short term spree. This means they will bring others with them and invariably party in a bad way. Not good for the people trying to live normal lives here.

biguglystick Sep 30, 2020 11:12 AM
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RHS, you are 100% CORRECT! Every neighborhood that has STRs starts to suffer and STRs contribute to the housing shortage because they take up valuable homes for LOCALS who need them. It is capitalism gone wrong and greedy.

mm1970 Sep 30, 2020 01:52 PM
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I mean, not always. I've used STRs (not here, but elsewhere), and the only people I "pack in" to a condo is my family of four. I'm kind of over trying to squeeze 2 adults, a teenage who is the SIZE of an adult, and a smaller child into a hotel room with 2 queen beds.

However, STRs should be limited in some way. They aren't great for the neighborhood and they certainly aren't good for rental prices.

a-1601422108 Sep 29, 2020 04:28 PM
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Considering the city has now confiscated residential rental income and prohibited evictions, it is reasonable for those holding rental properties to explore other ways to monetize their investments. STR, legal or illegal, is one of the options. Holding rental property vacant and build equity only is another. I don't blame property owners to start looking at their options under these current rent control, no evictions and no rental income regulations.

SBLetsGetAlong Sep 30, 2020 07:35 AM
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You need to check with your HOA. Most do not allow rentals shorter than 30 days.
If your rental is greater than 30 days you do not need short term rental status from the City.

As a property owner paying g the taxes & mortgage you have a right to do with the property you want under the law.

The City/County needs to allow more construction of vacant land and needs to have a faster permitting process.

However, since the permitting process is”difficult” and the freeway is only two lanes, 20 years behind the demand, And we are a coastal community which is highly desireable. We have a supply/demand issue.
Resl estate has appreciated.

a-1601481409 Sep 30, 2020 08:56 AM
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Illegal STR's can impact other owner's bank loans, if they are in violation of the condo CCR's and the loan recipient lied about their presence. May impact the condo insurance policy too, if running illegal commercial operations onsite. Very dangerous grounds here for the rest of the owners, who are now put at risk by those conducting illegal operations onsite. HOA board of directors need to have a very serious reckoning about this, particularly if this is well known and they intentionally turned a blind eye to the current illegal operations under their watch. Their board member liability policy does not protect against willful dereliction of duty.

CGinSB Sep 30, 2020 10:43 AM
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Is it a good idea to offer our scarce available housing units in SB to visitors for a month or less, when long-term renters have a hard time finding decent, affordable housing? I and the three other households where I've been living for over 6 years recently received 60-day termination notices from the new out-of-State owners of the property. We're trying to find places to live, but the market is poor for long term renters. One couple is leaving California, the family of 4 is looking in Ventura and points south, the work-from-home person rented a place at twice her current rent because she couldn't afford the time to look further, and I, retired, 70, am still looking for a 1-BR place I can stand for $2,000 a month. I see renovations of multi-unit places all over town. Santa Barbara may be a nice haven for visitors to stay and enrich these landlords, but where will the rest of us have to live?

biguglystick Sep 30, 2020 11:10 AM
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Why don't you rent it to a nice LOCAL instead and not contribute to the housing crisis???

PitMix Oct 01, 2020 09:24 AM
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STRs are way more profitable. Can get $300 a night and up plus charge a hefty cleaning fee of $400 but pay the cleaner $200. Same scam as the ebay shipping and handling fee that is more than the cost of the item. If buying for investment, STRs are a gold mine.

Andrea Smith Sep 30, 2020 02:01 PM
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Way to bring down property values of your fellow condo owners. STRs are awful. The ONLY problems we've ever had with questionable characters and loud noise until wee hours has been from an STR. They should be banned.

sbarbarian Oct 01, 2020 10:17 AM
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We own rentals downtown and consider it an honor to provide good, safe housing for our neighbors. Perhaps you need to reframe your "short term gain" into a "long term investment" in your community. I can understand the attraction of the short term rental but the headaches will go up as well!

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