o The short-term rental of a home is not allowed by planning designations of areas as residential. Homes in areas designated as Residential may not be used for commercial purposes. The rental by a homeowner for short-term stays is a commercial activity. Therefore such renting should not be allowed.
o Homes rented for less than 29 days are hotels.
o The most important perspective is that of the residents of a neighborhood, not STR home owners.
REPLY: If it were really the case that renting out one’s home in an area designated as Residential was illegal you can bet your bottom dollar that those opposed to doing so would have forced the City to prevent such renting. It thus seems to me that this claim is based on an incorrect understanding of such designations.
The argument that homes that are rented out for less than 29 days are hotels likewise seems to fail to recognize the difference between the two and in the article Shon Tomlin explains how the experience of renting a home differs from that of staying in a hotel.
Note though that it could be argued that, in terms of whether a home is a hotel, there’s little difference between renting a home out for 28 days versus renting it out for 30 days. Although one is classified as a “short-term” rental and the other “long-term” in that example the difference is only two days. If so, why should "short-term" renting be regarded as a “hotel” while renting for say 30 days is not?
So, if one were to accept such a claim, then it is quite possible that ANY home that might be rented out, whether for “short” or “long” terms, could be regarded as a hotel, and then would need to meet the same requirements as hotels, such as those of the Americans With Disabilities Act. ALL rented homes would then need wheelchair accessible toilets, ramps and a lift for disabled persons to get into and out a pool amongst many other things. This would make renting out a home uneconomical and thus effectively prevent any home being rented out for any period, short-term or long.
Finally the argument that “residents’ perspectives are the most important flies in the face of the inclusive and open approach taken by our City. Palm Springs has an admirable reputation for openness, acceptance, tolerance and inclusiveness. Let’s not destroy it.