LETTER TO EDITOR – A way forward on short-term rentals
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Editor:

As a San Diego resident and individual property owner in Mission Beach, I am committed to operating my short-term rental with respect for my community and neighbors. I have dealt with uncertainty for close to five years – going back and forth with City Council, town councils, and resident groups, trying to find a sensible agreement to protect the interests of residents and allow responsible short-term rentals.

The City of San Diego, Expedia Group, and Unite HERE Local 30 have forged guardrails by reaching a historic memorandum of understanding, or MOU, that lays the foundation for responsible short-term rental regulations. It provides a clear path forward for continuing our businesses while addressing the issue of bad actors who demonstrate disregard. 

Short-term rentals help grow their communities, with guests shopping and eating locally, supporting local businesses in the process. Places like Mission Beach have welcomed short-term rental guests for nearly a decade, making the rental culture part of the unique fabric of the community.   

The MOU offers a commonsense way forward and much-needed peace of mind to short-term rental owners and residents alike. I urge the City of San Diego to finalize this MOU into law.

Jaime Maas

San Diego
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Robert Burns
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August 31, 2020
I don't intend to address the merits of the M.U. ("of" is not to be abbreviated). I'd like to know how the M.U. could replace a statute or regulation esp. when AirBnB not a party.
Gary Wonacott
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August 31, 2020
The short term rental owners and many of the residents have lived in a bubble for the past twenty years, thinking that Mission Beach is like all of the other beach communities up and down the coast. But, that is just wrong. No other beach community from Manhattan Beach down to Del Mar has more than 11 percent of their dwelling units used as vacation rentals. Before AirBnB, Mission Beach was between 10 and 15 percent, but now with the uncontrolled (by the City) proliferation of vacation rentals by investors, most who do not live in Mission Beach, our numbers have reached 50-60 percent in 2018 and 2019, and about 44 percent this summer. The MOU will not solve this problem for Mission Beach. Hopefully it is now on the back burner until after Bry wins the election and then we can begin shutting down all of the vacation rentals in the City. In the meantime, several residents of Mission Beach are reporting the worst actors, Ms. Maas, to the Nuisance Abatement Unit, part of the City Attorney's office. In the meantime, we will be checking in on your STR at 724 Redondo Court to make sure that you are managing your place as you claim.
Sam T
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August 31, 2020
I find it a bit disturbing that the above person would publish the address of someone like this and I hope the SDNEWS takes it down! Not fair. Not civil. Not mature.

I've studied the details of the MOU and it is pretty extreme. It definitely solves the true problems of STR's, but no, it would not lead to an extremist action such as banning all STR's in SD which would be a terribe hit to the local economy, and devistate familys from an economincal standpoint. The flood of homes put onto the sale market would not be good for anybody's home value either. Fortunately, Bry has no chance of winning this election and Todd Gloria, who you can lay money on as our next mayor, has studied this issue for many years and has an extremely reasonable and effective plan for this.
Robert Burns
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August 31, 2020
If the Redondo Court STVR is one never owner-occupied, then Sam T should take down his comment.
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