Short Term Rental Rules?

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It seems like the short term rental rules (for AirBnB, Vrbo, etc) are changing or might change soon and it's a bit confusing. What are the current rules for using a home as an AirBnB in the City of Santa Barbara and possibly the county? Will these rules change soon or are they pretty fixed for now?

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PitMix Apr 15, 2019 03:26 PM
Short Term Rental Rules?

You can of course do it illegally and hope your neighbors don't get irritated and bust you. City's website says "Enforcement efforts will focus on achieving long-term compliance with the Zoning Ordinance and recovery of unpaid Business License and Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT). " So if there is no fine on top of the taxes, just save some of the profits to give them if you are ever caught.

Factotum Apr 11, 2019 07:52 PM
Short Term Rental Rules?

Local housing market is what it should be for this premium location: expensive, low inventory and low turnover. This is a perfectly normal market - and always has been that way. Back in the days before the internet, the joke was by the time you saw a rental in the newspaper classified it had already been rented. Once rented, you never complained about anything to the landlord. That was in the 1970's. Did we build our way out of that situation or are we yet again treading water? Average commute time is 40 minutes - plenty of housing options 40 minutes away. But not 5 minutes away.

a-1555942179 Apr 11, 2019 07:19 PM
Short Term Rental Rules?

OP, if you're looking to rent out as Airbnb, good luck. If you've got neighbors like mine, you're barely able to rent long-term without the stupid neighbors sneering about "renters."

a-1555942179 Apr 11, 2019 04:17 PM
Short Term Rental Rules?

I was told that it's 30 days for vacation rentals (VRBO's) but, people are getting around it by charging hotel tax (that may not be the exact term) and that is how they are getting by with the gray area and able to still have people in VRBO's for shorter times, a week or weekend etc. The rental market is so hard in SB for locals and esp since the natural disasters when people have needed places to live longer term...there just isn't much available because everyone just wants thier property for a VRBO. A recent search showed 6 properties that took pets that had 3 bedrooms for long term rentals. There were 101 properties on VRBO that took pets and 3 bedrooms. There were over 300 on VRBO if you didn't have pets. Love SB but, the housing market is just a bit out of control.

bosco Apr 11, 2019 04:06 PM
Short Term Rental Rules?

It is my understanding that short term rentals (<30 days) are not allowed in purely residential zoned neighborhoods. Here is the city information: https://www.santabarbaraca.gov/services/planning/mpe/stvr/default.asp

Factotum Apr 11, 2019 08:00 PM
Short Term Rental Rules?

With a city permit, STR's are allowed in hotel/motel multi-family zones - used to be R-4. But they are not allowed informally anywhere. Yes, turn them in if you have them in your neighborhood. State is demanding we produce more housing units. Put all these extra units all over town on city record.

monkeyboy Apr 11, 2019 03:51 PM
Short Term Rental Rules?

The rules appear to be "do whatever you please". There is a remodel down the street from me that obviously used the state's new Accessory Dwelling Rules to allow them to replace the garage with a rental unit. Now that the work is done, it's obvious this is not a rental for locals as promised but an AirBnB type nightly rental as you see all types coming and going with suitcases.

a-1555942179 Apr 14, 2019 07:31 PM
Short Term Rental Rules?

MonkeyBoy - Report them. What they are doing is against the law and it hurts locals.

All Sides Apr 12, 2019 07:56 AM
Short Term Rental Rules?

Monkeyboy- I have heard that driveway parking limits had something to do with fire truck access. Though i don't know how a fire could pick a time your car was in the street or garage.

All Sides Apr 12, 2019 07:57 AM
Short Term Rental Rules?

Monkeyboy- I have heard that driveway parking limits had something to do with fire truck access. Though i don't know how a fire could pick a time your car was in the street or garage.

Thomas John Apr 12, 2019 06:33 AM
Short Term Rental Rules?

could you give us a link for that code. sounds crazy. you can park a car on the street for 72 hours.

monkeyboy Apr 11, 2019 03:52 PM
Short Term Rental Rules?

BTW, I couldn't even get my remodel signed off until my garage was empty as it is technically not legal to park a car in a driveway for more than 48 hours (check the codes).

a-1555942179 Apr 11, 2019 03:15 PM
Short Term Rental Rules?

Everything is subject to change especially with fickle public opinion.

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