BB&K In the News Jul 24, 2018

Short-Term Rentals and Regulations

Christi Hogin Discusses Cities’ Options with the San Diego Union-Tribune

Short-Term Rentals and Regulations

Best Best & Krieger LLP attorney Christi Hogin discussed with the San Diego Union-Tribune how California cities are addressing short-term rental regulations. In the wake of the City of San Diego’s decision to strictly limit vacation rentals to primary residences, Christi was interviewed about the impacts of short-term rentals on cities — and their legal options.
 
“The sharing economy started out as a renegade, an outlaw really. It has grown to the point where it is having negative impacts,” Christi told the newspaper, which noted her successful defense of the City of Hermosa Beach’s ban on short-term rentals in a lawsuit filed by homeowners. “That is when local government steps in to regulate the businesses so they can function harmoniously.
 
“San Diego’s initiative is just that. It is a function of local government to say ‘this use is getting out of hand’ and address how we can get this activity in conformance with land use laws but also allow our property owners to use their properties in this new way. The city can do that through these new regulations and there is nothing in the coastal act that keeps them from doing it,” she added.
 
Christi was also asked about the California Coastal Commission’s reactions to cities’ various regulation approaches.
 
“The Coastal Commission has taken a very broad view of its own authority but that theory hasn’t held up in court,” Christi said. “The property rights argument doesn’t concern me as a lawyer because a city can enact regulations as long as they’re rational. In this case, the legitimate government purpose is to maintain the residential character of the neighborhoods.”
 
Read the entire story in the July 21, 2018 Union-Tribune by clicking here.

UPDATE: Christi discusses the next legal developments in “Airbnb, HomeAway Demand New Hearing on San Diego’s Short-Term Rental Restrictions,” published July 31, 2018 in the Union-Tribune.

 

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