Under Bry’s suggested regulations, homeowners would be allowed to rent out only their primary residences on a short-term basis but for no more than 90 days a year. By clamping down on such rentals, Bry says her proposal would effectively shut down the transformation of single-family homes by absentee investors into what she calls “full-time mini-hotels in residential zones.”The same issue is beginnning to affect Encinitas' coastal neighborhoods. So far, the city likes the hotel tax revenue and the neighbors aren't complaining too much. Of course, turning residences into vacation rentals exacerbates the housing shortage that everyone is so worked up about.
P.S. How about prohibiting vacation rentals in any new complexes built in the high-density zones being created in the new Housing Task Force plan? That would further the goal of creating real housing, without infringing on the property rights of existing residents and owners.