Newport Beach Gives Go-Ahead to Resume Short-Term Rentals

Short Term Lodging PermitsKey:
Green Homes = Active Short-Term Lodging 
Orange Area = Subject to Zoning Compliance 
Active Short Term Lodging Permits Total: 1,529 (As of 5/18/20)

Vacationers who want a beach-side getaway in Newport Beach can resume home rentals starting May 20th.

The City Council voted to lift a ban on short-term rentals starting on May 20, with a restriction that renters must stay for at least three nights.

The three-night minimum requirement will lift when the emergency order is rescinded, according to the city announcement.

The city on April 3 put a pause on the rentals as a way to curb the influx of visitors coming in from elsewhere while stay-at-home orders were in place.

The response to the shutdown for vacation rentals was mixed. Some worried out-of-towners were flocking to town for beach vacations during the pandemic and keeping distance in tight areas with no yards like the Balboa Peninsula was tough.

Short-term operators argued their revenue and income would suffer even further, adding to economic downfalls already suffered through cancellations.

City Hall has registered 1,529 active permits for short-term rentals – defined by the city as a lodging unit occupied for less than 30 consecutive days.

Violations of the 3-night minimum requirement will result in a fine of $1,000 for a first violation, a 1-year permit suspension for a second violation, and revocation upon a third violation.

In a separate action, the Council maintained a full prohibition of short-term rentals on Newport Island, citing a high degree of parking impacts on the community.

Sources:
City of Newport Beach
Laylan Connelly | Orange County Register

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