The “OB vibe” is in danger, as an unregulated and alarming increase of Short Term Vacation Rentals (STVRs) poses a threat to our quality of life and OB’s character. The objects and purposes of the Ocean Beach Town Council are to express the will, to represent the welfare, and to sustain the spirit of the community of Ocean Beach, and therefore the OBTC must address this issue that weighs heavily on the future of our town.
As a community that has the highest percentage of renters to home-owners in our region (85% are renters), Ocean Beach residents are greatly impacted by the area’s steady decline of rental housing as more and more units have become permanent vacation rentals. The already high cost of living here continues to skyrocket as developers choose to place their housing availabilities on travel websites such as AirBnB, instead of putting them up for rent. This not only causes an influx of tourists which degrades the tight-knit, neighborly community that we love, it also perpetuates a shortage of rental options, pushing local residents out in favor of turning a quick profit.
Although the City Council and Mayor Faulconer’s office have expressed their intent to not enforce regulations on the amount of Short Term Vacation rentals in San Diego, the Ocean Beach Town Council continues to oppose the increase in STVRs in our community, and push for legislation that will effectively limit the number of STVR units that will be allowed in our neighborhoods. This is not aimed at local residents that wish to supplement their income by renting out a spare room here and there, but towards the home buyer who purchases a house solely to use as a STVR and is never on-site, or the developer that turns their entire apartment complex of 20+ units into a Short-Term Vacation Rental property.
Community Requests City Council Action
Letter to City Council Regarding STVRs: Letter on Short Term Vacation Rentals
The OB Town Council meeting held on May 24, 2017 was dedicated to providing a community forum to discuss Short Term Vacation Rentals. A statement and Q&A session from San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott helped to inform our local residents on how they can get involved and help bring this important topic before the City Council.
City Council President: Myrtle Cole
Mayor Kevin Faulconer
San Diego Smart Growth & Land Use Committee Members:
Councilman Scott Sherman
Councilman David Alvarez
Councilman Chris Cate
Councilmember Georgette Gomez