Short-Term Rental Crackdown?

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Does anyone know if the City [of Santa Barbara] is still cracking down on STRs (AirBnB, etc.)? As I understand they are powerless without an actual transaction between the STR host and a city employee.

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andrewbaker77 Jul 11, 2019 02:52 PM
Short-Term Rental Crackdown?

OP - there is a lot of speculation in these answers, but no facts. Does anyone know of any factual information provided by the city? (In my own speculation, I doubt anyone has been busted other than those who have admitted to it - as the law is clear, the city must actually have transaction information, and the only way to get it is by staying in an STR/AirBnB themselves, which is very easy for hosts to avoid.) As for the poster who claims the city "just hired an investigator..." that was claimed a year+ ago by the city. When you look at other cities you see the same trend, lots of threats little action. As well, when you look at other cities around the world ,you also see this "lack of housing" claim without any factual information to substantiate, and AirBnB as the reason. When you dig deeper into SB lack of housing, you see that there are plenty of places to LTR/Rent, just not cheap places, and that this lack of housing issue has been going on way before AirBnB time. Overall, the lack of "affordable" housing is the problem, and that's more likely caused by paychecks than rent prices. (average pay adjusted to inflation hasn't risen in decades, while house prices have risen substantially) If anyone has city logged data, or city meeting information about STR crack downs, I'd love to see it.

a-1563362312 Jul 11, 2019 11:01 AM
Short-Term Rental Crackdown?

Daily I hear how desperately many of you are against "Government Crackdowns". Until, of course, it's to your direct benefit. Cuffum' Dano!

Luvaduck Jul 11, 2019 10:02 AM
Short-Term Rental Crackdown?

Big difference between someone who is willing to share the bathroom and kitchen of their actual home to help pay the morgage or because they want to meet people from all over and those who own multiple units for STR. The former don't cause anymore problems than someone with visiting relatives.

biguglystick Jul 11, 2019 09:52 AM
Short-Term Rental Crackdown?

I am glad to hear they are cracking down on STRs. We need affordable housing for LOCALS, you know, the people who live and work here. Sick of all the transient rentals, they have caused a major housing crisis. All because of greed, too, landlords can get a heck of a lot more by renting out by the night or the week to tourists. It's a shame. Get rid of them!

NotReallyDave Jul 10, 2019 07:44 PM
Short-Term Rental Crackdown?

In my neighborhood, City employees actually violated ordinances and regulations to allow a business to relocate. The City Attorney Ariel Pierre Calonne has chosen to protect those employees by not following the Zoning Ordinance himself and doing his duties. But the City will threaten a local business with a $100 a day fine if a sign ordinance is violated.

Shasta Guy Jul 10, 2019 07:25 PM
Short-Term Rental Crackdown?

Friends of ours came out from the east and stayed at an Airbnb in the upper Riviera. The STRs are definitely out there even in the illegal portions of the city. It was a very quiet location so even chatting in the driveway saying good bye might have been disruptive to the neighbors.

a-1563362312 Jul 10, 2019 06:16 PM
Short-Term Rental Crackdown?

City Attorney's Office just hired an investigator for vacation rentals and other nuisances. Expect major activity. Especially taxes and cost recovery for the money the City spends on enforcement. I know of a STR operation going under due to enforcement. It's just the beginning. California has a housing crisis made worse by Airbnb and the like.

Sailsafe Jul 10, 2019 07:40 PM
Short-Term Rental Crackdown?

That's good to hear. As you mentioned, we've got enough housing issues with potential rentals being taken off the market. Glad they're doing something about it.

a-1563362312 Jul 10, 2019 05:11 PM
Short-Term Rental Crackdown?

The city is good at passing ordinances but not very good at enforcing them. They are only allowed in certain neighborhoods. I think West Beach is one of them. If you are unhappy about something in your neighborhood you need to complain to the police AND your city council representative and cc the Mayor. Good luck!

PitMix Jul 11, 2019 09:12 AM
Short-Term Rental Crackdown?

Have written the mayor and my council member a number of times and have found them to be very responsive on a number of issues.

420722 Jul 10, 2019 05:30 PM
Short-Term Rental Crackdown?

You may as well cc the air....if you aren’t here to build apartments she doesn’t give a rats ass.

PitMix Jul 10, 2019 03:38 PM
Short-Term Rental Crackdown?

I think the process is complaint -driven. If your neighbors don't complain, you are okay.

a-1563362312 Jul 10, 2019 11:46 PM
Short-Term Rental Crackdown?

Some people will complain, no matter what. Everyone now is on edge, quick to take offense at the least little thing. It's called overcrowding. We have overpopulation to thank for that. Poor Santa Barbara. It's sure not mellow anymore.

a-1563362312 Jul 11, 2019 03:58 PM
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I don't know what they're doing ("they" = city employees) but one thing they are NOT doing is being transparent and sharing with the public what they are doing. The city newsletter is a joke, aimed apparently at only tourists, saying only, "look at us, aren't we pretty and great!" The fault for this lies with the city council who does not give instructions; and the staff that takes no initiative but waits for the council to give "directions". Pity. They're creating a serious disaffect in we, the people, those who they expect, sometimes demand that we the people pay whatever they ask, including the SEIU union dues. General fund slipping? Raise the sales tax, they cry!

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