Airbnb Limitations Fall Short in California Legislature

A state bill that would have limited the number of short-term rentals in the coastal areas of San Diego County has been delayed until next year's legislative session.

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July 16, 2019, 11:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

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Lori Wiesberg reports: "In a stunning move Wednesday, a state bill that would have sharply curtailed the short-term rental of homes in San Diego County’s coastal communities was held for a year by its author, even as the legislation had cleared the California Assembly and multiple Senate committees."

The bill met strong opposition from lobbyists for the short-term rental industry. Assemblywoman Tasha Boerner Horvath, D-Encinitas, authored the bill, saying the primary motivation of the bill was to preserve long-term housing. Even after making substantial compromises to the original bill's composition, the bill will now have to wait until next year to meat its ultimate fate.

The city of San Diego has also had a hard time crafting short-term rental regulations that successfully navigated the tricky politics of the issue, rescinding previously approved regulations in October 2018.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 in San Diego Union-Tribune

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