Torrance to Consider Banning Short Term Vacation Rentals
At the upcoming Council meeting Tuesday night, the Council will discuss regulating short-term vacation rentals (SVRs). The staff report notes an increase in popularity for sites like airbnb.com, flipkey.com, homeaway.com, and others, that allow property owners to rent out their homes for a short period of time.
The staff report acknowledges that most jurisdictions have not imposed any regulations on SVRs, but did note that some localities have started to address the issue. The staff report claims that Redondo Beach, for example, chose to ban SVRs outright while other cities such as Manhattan Beach and Santa Monica opted to regulate SVRs through a permit process.
The staff report also stated that the City has received a few complaints over the last five years originating from the Hillside Overlay areas closest to Torrance Beach. Those complaints asserted that SVRs caused disruption to the neighborhood as the “party houses” generated excess parking demands, noise, and unknown persons that could be mistaken for burglars.
The Council will decide whether to ban SVR’s entirely, direct staff to develop an SVR permitting process, or continue to allow SVR’s with no restrictions.