Encinitas Amends Draft Short-Term Rental Ordinance


ENCINITAS, Calif. (KGTV) – The town of Encinitas is revamping its rules and regulations for short-term rental properties like Airbnb.

After hours of public comment, the city is asking staff to review the proposed ordinance after hearing from short-term rental owners.

“We are trying to improve things so that we do not have too many vacation rentals in our city, and we also need to control quality of life issues,” said Mayor of Encinitas, Catherine Blakespear.

The city presented its draft ordinance for short-term rentals in the future

City council members listened to hours of public commentary on what the ordinance should do on Wednesday night. One of the speakers was Carol Hyde, who says she imposes the law of her country on anyone looking to stay there.

“I know who’s coming because I don’t accept what is called automatic reservation. They have to write to me, let me know how many are coming from, where they are from and what time they are arriving, ”Hyde said.

Blakespear told ABC 10News that staff are currently reworking the previous order; have more worries for short term rentals where the owner does not live on site unlike Hyde.

“When it comes to a whole house rental, we’ve had some issues so we want to try to move forward,” Blakespear said. “Have a better app and we’ve also approved a three night minimum. “

The city is also seeking to cap the number of such rentals in Encinitas.

“And we also want to make sure that we don’t spend too much of our housing stock primarily on hotel rooms,” Blakespear said.

The short-term rental industry at Encinitas is changing, and some are happy to have their voices heard on the changes.

“Isn’t that part of what they’re posted for?” To try and listen to what’s going on in the city and the locals, ”Hyde said.

The mayor says the ordinance could be approved by council soon, possibly in a few weeks.

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