Short-Term-Rental Crackdown Gains Steam

City Sends 389 Warning Letters to Owners and Operators

By Keith Hamm, Santa Barbara Independent

Tracking down alleged offenders through online research, neighbor complaints, and subpoenaed information from companies that connect vacationers to short-term rentals in Santa Barbara, city zoning enforcement officials recently mailed 389 letters reminding owners and operators that such activity is “unlawful in Santa Barbara unless [it’s permitted and] located in zoning districts which allow hotels, motels, or bed and breakfast inns.” The letters represent the city’s latest effort to get a handle on the proliferation of short-term (fewer than 30 days) rentals — both whole-house and owner-occupied homestay accommodations — within city limits.

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