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Push to change short-term vacation rental rules

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – Life at the beach has been far from a vacation for some local residents, as next-door neighbors turn their homes into B&B's and rent them out for short-term stays.

Pacific Beach has seen an increase in vacation rentals with the surge in popularity of the website Airbnb, which people can use to rent their home or bedroom and others can use to find places to stay. Some neighbors say they've been dealing the with ramifications of having rotating renters and one couple told CBS News 8 that they feel like they are living next to frat houses.

“It's is disrupting the quality of our life,” said Pacific Beach resident Linda McAndrew.

Tuesday night the Pacific Beach Planning Group approved recommendations to regulate short-term vacation rentals.

“We are all about regulation, but it has to be common sense and not all or nothing,” said Greg Ross, Pacific Coast Vacation Properties.

Vacation rental companies support regulation, but not restricting the number of days they can rent out in neighborhoods.

The beach homes some people are making available to rent are houses zoned for single-families in the middle of neighborhoods.

“We never know, bam they are there, they hit the back patio and it's on. Beer cans, bottles, taking pictures and the party is on and it's a party town,” said Pacific Beach resident Mike McAndrew.

Airbnb doesn't have to pay the Transient Occupancy Tax and some vacation rental owners say the city is losing out on money because people are not paying the tax.

More than 3,000 homes are used for Airbnb and mostly in Pacific and Mission Beaches.

The Pacific Beach Planning Group approved the following: requirement of permits, single-family zoned homes must be rented for at least 30 days and police to better enforce noise and nuisance complaints coming from short-term rentals.

“The 30 days, that right there would knock off a whole lot of income for a lot of these people who rely on this income,” said Jason Kong with Nancy's Vacation Rentals.

The recommendations now head to the city council's Land Use committee. The issue will be discussed on April 22.

City councilors Lori Zapf and Chris Cate are analyzing the ordinance to see how it can be re-worked.
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