SLO commission rejects resident’s appeal on room rental ban
October 10, 2013
The San Luis Obispo Planning Commission rejected an appeal by a homeowner Wednesday who wishes to rent a room in her house.
Over the past several months, San Luis Obispo city staff sent cease and desist letters to more than 50 homeowners who list rooms in their homes for rent on the popular website Airbnb.com. A city ordinance crafted in the 1980s bans renting for less than 30 days at a time in San Luis Obispo, and homeowners who do not comply can face fines up to $500 per violation.
In May, Mill Street resident Sky Bergman received a cease and desist letter for listing a room in her house on Airbnb.
Bergman appealed the order to Community Development Director Derrick Johnson, who denied her appeal. She then appealed to the planning commission, which rejected her appeal Wednesday.
Bergman now has 10 days to appeal to the city council. Doing so will cost her $273.
The council has already scheduled a hearing on vacation rental policy for November 12.
Numerous residents have complained about the room rental ban, and some, who rent out rooms in their houses, have organized a group called SLO Hosts to attempt to change the ordinance.
Numerous houses within the city limits remain listed on Airbnb.