What do you think about short term rentals in Sausalito?
In recent years, "sharing economy" businesses, such as Airbnb and Vacation Rentals by Owner (VRBO), have become increasingly popular. Residents use these services to rent out their homes or apartments as a source of extra income. The City of Sausalito has received a number of complaints from residents that their neighbors' homes are being rented out on a short-term basis (less than thirty days), creating negative impacts such as noise, loud parties, traffic congestion, and parking problems. Sausalito zoning laws currently do not allow any short-term rentals in residential districts. Short-term rentals are considered "transient occupancy" uses defined as rental of homes for a period of less than thirty days. A pilot code enforcement program began in the fall of 2015 to enforce the current prohibition on short-term rental uses.
The City Council has encouraged discussions regarding Sausalito zoning laws on short-term rental uses, and directed that a Short-Term Rental Working Group made up of a diverse membership of the community be formed. The Council directed the working group to conduct these forums as a way to jump start a community dialogue about short-term rental uses and, if short-term rentals are to be allowed, what restrictions and policies should be in place to regulate them. Possible options are to continue the prohibition or amend the zoning laws to allow short-term rentals with certain regulations.
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