San Diego Mayor Moves to Enforce Ban on Granny Flat Short-Term Rentals

by on February 19, 2020 · 0 comments

in Ocean Beach, San Diego

by Cody Dulaney / inewsource / February 19, 2020

San Diego has started enforcing its ban on short-term rentals of newly built granny flats, following an inewsource analysis that identified violators and showed the city let it happen.

The City Council agreed in 2017 to cut the cost of granny flat permits and fees by roughly $15,000, depending on the development. It was an incentive to create long-term affordable housing in a market that is fast pricing out many residents. But council members approved the new law without a plan to enforce it.

inewsource cross referenced two city databases to identify people who took the permit breaks but were allowed to rent short-term. Now, the city is doing that same kind of analysis.

“Given the clear violations, the city’s Development Services Department is opening code enforcement investigations and will work directly with the City Treasurer’s Office to implement changes to ensure that the municipal code continues to be enforced,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s office said in a statement last week to inewsource.

Code enforcement will open investigations on those addresses with a new granny flat and a tax certificate to rent it for less than 30 days, which “may include properties identified by the inewsource report,” city spokesman Scott Robinson said.

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