December 1, 2022


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Deluged with complaints about ‘a residing hell’, main Bay Space metropolis caps sure trip leases

Deluged with complaints about ‘a residing hell’, main Bay Space metropolis caps sure trip leases

One after the other, Bay Space cities and counties have been transferring to restrict the variety of short-term leases which have stirred complaints about every part from noisy events to housing shortages.

The most recent to take action was Santa Rosa, whose Metropolis Council voted 5-2 Tuesday to permit not more than 198 non-hosted trip leases, that means leases with out a native host residing on the property. The brand new restrict is supposed to curb essentially the most troublesome short-term leases — properties with nobody neighbors can flip to for assist with problematic guests.

Individuals who reside close to the leases “really feel like they’re in a residing hell,” stated Council Member Victoria Fleming, who supported the cap and needed the town to contemplate an all-out ban on short-term leases exterior industrial districts. “No one ought to must reside subsequent door to a perpetual get together zone.”

Complaints from residents residing close to trip leases in her central Santa Rosa district are “almost uniform and nonstop,” she stated.

Communities throughout the nation are confronting the impression of short-term leases, usually outlined as leases leased for fewer than 30 days at a time. The issue is extreme throughout California the place housing is scarce and costly.

In Marin County, officers just lately estimated that solely about 43% of all residential parcels in West Marin are major properties. In Stinson Seaside, as many as 22% of all properties are short-term trip leases.

In Might, Marin County supervisors quickly banned any new trip leases in coastal areas whereas they examine a longer-term plan to stability the wants of vacationers and native residents. Fairfax was the latest city inside the county to impose its personal restrictions. It voted in June to tax trip rental hosts and require they purchase enterprise licenses, amongst different new guidelines

Within the Lake Tahoe space, the place the housing scarcity has gotten so acute that some ski resorts have erected campgrounds and tiny dwelling villages to deal with their employees, the problem has been a flashpoint. This yr, Placer County officers capped short-term leases on the western rim of the lake at 3,900, representing about 25% of all housing. And South Lake Tahoe diminished its trip leases from 1,400 to 400, concentrated within the downtown.

Sonoma County supervisors have stopped permitting new trip leases in unincorporated areas whereas officers develop a technique to stability the wants of vacationers and native residents.

In Santa Rosa, about 75% of complaints about trip leases that require metropolis assets, from code inspectors to police response, contain these with out hosts on website, based on metropolis information. Town at present has 98 accredited non-hosted trip leases and one other 24 with hosts.

Santa Rosa resident Maureen Linde and her husband, Erik, have felt below siege by the regular stream of partying guests at a close-by home, which encompasses a yard pool, that they are saying has been used for leases since final yr.

Deluged with complaints about ‘a residing hell’, main Bay Space metropolis caps sure trip leases

Maureen Linde stated a home close to hers has turn into a full-time trip rental. On Tuesday evening, Santa Rosa’s Metropolis Council handed a cap on short-term leases within the newest signal of angst within the North Bay over trip leases.

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“These folks aren’t displaying up and baking cookies or taking canines for a stroll or going to farmers’ markets,” Linde stated. “The minute they present up, they’re able to get together.”

Julie Johnson (she/her) is a San Francisco Chronicle workers author. E mail: Twitter: @juliejohnson