Santa Barbara Widow At The Center Of Vacation Rental Controversy
By Alys Martinez, KEYT – KCOY – KKFX Reporter
A Santa Barbara widow is at the center of the city’s vacation rental controversy.
Dorothy Wallstein rents out her home, while living on the property, to make ends meet. It’s commonly referred to as ‘home sharing’.
“I need supplemental income because I’m a widow on disability and a fixed income. So it was a perfect solution,” Wallstein said.
The city is cracking down on what it calls illegal vacation rentals.
The problem is Wallstein lives in R4, an area where vacation rentals are allowed.
She moved into her home in May 2014 and started renting a month later.
“I went into the city before I even listed my property and asked them what I needed to do” Wallstein said. “I got the business license. I’ve paid my TOT since day one. I’ve never missed a payment.”
Recently, she received a ‘cease and desist’ letter in the mail.
See the full article at KEYT.com