Short-Term Vacation Rentals Could be Phased out in Cathedral City

Short-Term Vacation Rentals Could be Phased out in Cathedral City

Taylor Martinez

Short-term vacation rentals may be phased out in Cathedral City.

The announcement Wednesday comes after a year of public input and the creation of a short term vacation rental task force.

City Council asked staff to prepare the ordinance revisions necessary to phase out STVR over the next two years.

Two exceptions would be made including: homes located in neighborhoods governed by Homeowners Associations that permit such use and home sharing vacation rentals, meaning the home is the owner’s primary residence and rents out a portion of the property. Rules include the owner may only have one primary residence and the owner of the home is onsite during the rental period.

The council believed the STVR phase out was needed to restore the quality of life back into residential neighborhoods and that no amount of enforcement was available to properly address the complaints by adjacent neighbors who are faced with unruly STVR renters. 

Other notable regulations for the proposed ordinance include:

  •     Increasing the fines for advertising or renting a STVR without a city permit to be $5,000 for the first violation and $10,000 for a second violation with escalating amounts thereafter.
  •     Failure to respond to a Hotline call regarding noise, music, trash, parking violations within 30 minutes would be $1,000 fine for the first violation and $3,000 for the second violation, revocation of the permit on the third violation for 12 months.
  •     Failure to properly advertise the STVR with permit numbers and photo of the unit’s front exterior would be $2,500 for first violation and $5,000 for second violation along with a six-month permit revocation.
  •     Neighboring properties within 300 feet of any new STVR permit application and renewal shall receive notification of such STVR.
  •     Guest check-ins must be done in person or via video technology.
  •     Outdoor amenities such as pools and spas must be closed between the hours of 10 pm and 8:00 am.
  •     All rental agreements must be filed with the City within 24 hours of completion. 

An ordinance providing these and other components will be brought to the City Council for a first reading on Wednesday, August 26, 2020.  If approved, then a second reading of the ordinance would occur on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 and the ordinance would go into effect on October 9, 2020.

The city continues to have a moratorium on all new STVR permits for an indefinite period of time; or until the new ordinance goes into effect, making it permanent.   The moratorium excludes HOA neighborhoods that explicitly allow STVRs.


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