San Luis Obispo lifts vacation rental ban
November 13, 2013
The San Luis Obispo City Council voted 3-1 to allow restricted vacation rentals during a special meeting Tuesday evening.
Councilman Dan Carpenter voted against the proposed ordinance that will permit homeowners to rent out rooms for 30 days or less as long as they occupy their homes, pay a transient occupancy tax and possibly get a use permit from the city. Carpenter voted against the ordinance because it prohibits non-owner occupied homes from becoming vacation rentals.
Mayor Jan Marx did not attend the meeting.
In March, San Luis Obispo city staff sent cease and desist letters to more than 50 homeowners who had homes listed for rent on popular websites like Airbnb.com. The vacation rental ordinance banned renting a home in San Luis Obispo for less than 30 days at a time.
A group of homeowners, known as SLO Hosts, petitioned the city to amend the ordinance to allow short term home stays. Supporters of the proposed ordinance packed the chambers.
Several opponents of short term rentals argued that businesses should not operate in residential areas where privacy needs to be protected.
The council voted not to enforce the ban on vacation rentals until the ordinance comes back in front of the city for final approval sometime next year.