SLO to reconsider vacation rental ban
November 11, 2013
The San Luis Obispo City Council will consider lifting a ban on vacation rentals during a special meeting Tuesday.
Since March, San Luis Obispo city staff have sent cease and desist letters to more than 50 homeowners who list their homes for rent on popular websites like Airbnb.com.
The vacation rental ordinance, crafted in the 1980s and revised in 2006, bans renting a home in San Luis Obispo for less than 30 days at a time. Homeowners who do not comply can face fines of up to $500 per violation.
A group of homeowners, known as SLO Hosts, is currently petitioning the city to amend the ordinance. The group is not requesting an overturn of the ordinance, but rather a provision allowing home stays.
Home stays are short-term rentals in which the homeowner lives in the residence and rents out a part of the house.
If the council chooses to allow home stays in the city, it may require homeowners operating them to pay for use permits, business licenses and annual inspections. Transient occupancy tax, or hotel tax, may also apply.
The city could raise approximately $45,000 annually, just from transient occupancy tax, if it allows home stays, according to the staff report.
Staff also suggest it will require a quarter-time position with a $25,000 annual salary to regulate the home stays.
The council will meet Tuesday at 6 p.m. at city hall.