Why the Campaign to Save the Rentals of Santa Barbara?
Short Term Rentals (STRs) are currently prohibited in the City of Santa Barbara. STRs are also prohibited in the County of Santa Barbara. Fortunately, the CA Coastal Commission (CCC) has prevented SB City and County from eliminating STRs in the Coastal Zone of both of these areas. However, both the City & County are likely to propose very limiting regulations that they hope the CCC will approve for the Coastal Zones.
It is a crucial time for all community members who feel that well-managed (and regulated) Short Term Rentals provide great benefits to our community.
It concerns us greatly that decisions were made based on two beliefs that are not supported by formal reports or statistics:
- Our decision makers incorrectly believe that STRs are a leading cause of the reduction in supply of affordable housing
- Our decision makers incorrectly believe that STRs are degrading the quality of residential neighborhoods
Although there are examples of both of these issues occurring, we are certain that STRs are not a leading cause of our shortage of affordable housing, and we are also certain that the majority of STRs are well-managed, and that they are actually enhancing the residential neighborhoods in which they operate.
The decision to prohibit ALL short term rentals is not the correct solution managing this modern issue. It is an overreaching solution which has city-wide & county-wide negative effects. There are much better solutions which can address the concerns of housing and neighborhood quality, while preserving the economic and social benefits provided by short term rentals.
We Support Fair Regulation of Short Term Rentals
Please click below to see a detailed plan for the fair regulation of Short Term Rentals in the city and county.
A Plan for Fair Regulation of STRs PDF | 135 kb, updated October 20, 2017
Our mission is to share the facts regarding short-term rentals and their impacts on our community. This is a complex issue where emotions, opinions, and solid facts must be evaluated before the best solution can be implemented.
The citizens of our community are likely concerned about the growth of the vacation rental market. There is a feeling that the vacation rental market is contributing to the low vacancy rate of rental homes. This is a valid concern, however there are many more important reasons for the housing shortage. There are also valid feelings about negative impacts on the character of neighborhoods with regards to noise, parking, and other nuisances. These issues are usually caused by neglectful management of those rentals, and can be prevented with Fair Regulation (and enforcement of professional management standards).
There are proven solutions from cities that have already addressed this issue. These locations now have fair and enforceable ordinances that maintain the integrity of neighborhoods, increase tax revenues, and result in a thriving modernized tourism industry. When properly set up and administered, Short Term Rentals bring visitors, family, former residents, temporary workers, medical personnel and professors to our area, while providing additional year-round business to local merchants, stores and service providers.
Below are proven facts from case studies and economic impact reports that support the Fair Regulation of short-term rentals: