• VR OWNERSHIP AND RESIDENCY: o Owners of STR homes:
• do not live in Palm Springs.
• are not neighbors. They are transient/have “no skin in the game”.
• are corporations.
• are greedy.
REPLY: I cannot speak to whether or not homeowners who rent out a home for short periods are greedy per se, or are greedier than those who rent them out for longer periods or greedier than homeowners who don’t rent their homes out at all nor, if some are greedy, how many are greedy and how many are not.
However, I can point out that when one asks homeowners who rent out their homes why they do so, the reasons are quite varied and some of these are stated by Shon Tomlin, who is such a homeowner, in the article at http://yesincludeme.com.
Perhaps I am naïve, but I tend to believe them when they say so as, frankly, I have no reason to doubt the truthfulness of what he and people like him, who are very much like you and me, say.
Nor can I say much to the accusation that such homeowners aren’t “neighbors” either, but in the posts I have read on Nextdoor they again seem to tell us that they do many of the neighborly things we all do as full-time residents.
Perhaps the phrase “aren't neighbors” is meant in some different way from being neighborly, and thus this accusation of “not being neighbors” is just said to make such people seem unlikeable, but I note that one person in the resurrected discussion said that likeableness varies across all homeowners, i.e. some homeowners who don’t rent their homes out are quite dislikable, and so it seems to me that whether one does or doesn’t rent one’s home out or even live in the City for a longer or shorter period really is no guarantee that one might be likeable at all.
Why one should assume that people who rent out their homes for short periods are dislikable, less likeable, less neighborly or unneighborly, simply because that’s what they do escapes me.
As far as the other claims, that VR owners don’t live in Palm Springs, and are corporations, we can actually figure that out as the City records the names of VR permit holders and these indicate their addresses as well. This information is publicly available, one has only to ask for it, which is what I did.
Using the list of permit holders as of March 2017 one can see that:
• of the total number of names stated, 4% WERE BUSINESS NAMES (e.g. “LLC”, “Corp”, “Corporation”, “Partnership” or a name that sounded like a business and not a person, etc), and thus that:
• 96% OF THE NAMES WERE INDIVIDUAL'S NAMES.
Incidentally, I used the same data to examine what proportion of VR permit holders own more than one home in Palm Springs. The answer is:
• MORE THAN 92% of permit holders own ONE HOME.
Note that no one has to take my word for that. Anyone can get the same information from the City and do the same analysis that I did.
I used the data on permit holders compiled by the City and supplied to anyone who asks for it, to examine the claim that VR owners don’t live in Palm Springs. The data did not record the address of every permit holder and the number of permit holders included past as well as present permit holders. I excluded the permit holder data where there was no address shown, leaving 1,922 permit numbers assigned by the City to permit holders which had addresses.
Here are the results showing the percentage of permit holders by stated location:
LOCATION OF PERMIT HOLDERS WITH ADDRESS SHOWN IN CITY PERMIT DATA IN MARCH 2017
PALM SPRINGS 20%
GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA 30%
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 63%
Hopefully this gives a better understanding of the claim that homeowners who rent their homes out for short terms “don’t live here”.
It may be the case that 80% don’t live in the City of Palm Springs itself, but ONE IN FIVE DO, and the vast majority live within 100 miles of Palm Springs. They are not aliens from another planet.
Note that because a short-term rental permit holder gives another address when applying for a permit that does not say anything about whether or how often they themselves use their Palm Springs home. They may use it most of the year, part or not at all, so one cannot simply assume that all owners of homes rented out for short periods are absentee homeowners who never come to Palm Springs and don't participate in our community.
Nor can one assume they are more likely to be wholly absent from our city than people who rent out their homes for longer than 28 days. In fact it may well be that homeowners who rent their homes out for short terms are more likely to spend time in Palm Springs than those who rent them out long-term, as short term renting gives them the flexibility to use their home as they wish and to visit the city for long or short periods.