San Bernardino County has created a short survey to obtain feedback on the current state of the County of San Bernardino short term rental program. The county would like to hear from residents and short-term rental owners. Feedback will be used to update the current short term rental ordinance. To fill out the survey, visit the link below.
Many communities across San Bernardino County have experienced secondary impacts of short-term rentals, including trash left outside, cars blocking driveways, and late night-music. These nuisances to neighbors are also code enforcement violations. Reporter Erenst Figueroa says the county has set up a new hotline for complaints related to short-term rentals…
Those residents of San Bernardino County who know of short-term rentals creating nuisances or operating illegally can call the new county complaint hotline, 24-hours a day, seven days a week, toll-free at 1-800-205-9417. The new hotline will work together with a new software system that tracks unpermitted short-term rentals in unincorporated areas. This gives the county an edge in addressing complaints quickly and effectively while also cracking down on illegal rentals. The new number replaces the county’s prior reporting hotline.
It was a lengthy meeting for the Twentynine Palms City Council last night as the council and many residents and business owners gathered to discuss a possible moratorium on vacation home rentals (VHR) in the city while the council reviews and updates the city ordinance in an ad hoc committee. Cassidy Taylor was there and has the results of the heated moratorium debate…
The tension at the Twentynine Palms City Council meeting could be felt by attendees as the future of a VHR moratorium came to a vote. VHRs have been a hot topic in the city as Project Phoenix and the relocation of the JTNP Visitor Center downtown shines a bright light on the potential of tourism in Twentynine Palms. Currently, the city has 172 active VHRs with over 60 pending permits, and VHRs represent 2.85% of the single-family housing units in the city and 1.71% of all housing units.
Public comment was overwhelmingly against any moratorium, temporary or otherwise, as residents, business owners and VHR owners argued that VHRs bring tax dollars, tourism, employment, and improvements to Twentynine Palms. Those against a moratorium said that pausing applications for VHR permits would “shoot Twenynine Palms in the foot” and send the wrong message to people and businesses looking to invest in the city. Those who spoke in favor of a moratorium said they were not against VHRs, just the clustering of them in certain neighborhoods and the alleged impacts they have on the sanctity of neighborhoods. They wanted the moratorium to allow the city to update the ordinance without approving more VHR permits.
When council discussed their options, they first voted to have VHR permit appeals handled by the council, to take some of the weight off of the busy planning commission. The council also voted to reinstate the appeal fee of $305, effective immediately. The fee was previously being waived by the planning commission. The council also decided that Mayor Mintz and Councilmember Bilderain would serve on the ad hoc committee with planning commissioners Walker and Krushat along with three public members to update the VHR ordinance. In the end, the council voted 4-0, with Councilmember Klink recusing himself, to not enact any moratorium. The crowd at the meeting erupted in cheers and thanked the council for the decision.
The Twentynine Palms City Council will hold their regular meeting tonight (August 24) beginning at 6 p.m., but not at City Hall. The board has changed the venue of this week’s in-person meeting to the multi-purpose room of Twentynine Palms High School to accommodate for a crowd of people expected to weigh-in on a public hearing to consider the adoption of an urgency ordinance on vacation home rentals. If approved, the ordinance would establish a moratorium on acceptance of new vacation home rental applications as of August 25.
The board will also adopt the city’s Measure I Five-Year Plan for fiscal Years 2021/22 through 2025/26, award a $60,000 contract for the Twentynine Palms Safety Improvement for High Crash Unsignalized Intersections Project, and approve a resolution authorizing an application for funding and execution of a grant agreement for the CDBG Coronavirus Response Homekey Program.
A Yucca Valley woman is out more than $1,300 after falling victim to a vacation home rental scam. According to Sheriff’s reports, the woman booked a weekend vacation through a private account at a Lake Havasu rental home for $1,324. When she arrived at the location, she found the home was not a rental property at all. The woman attempted to contact the renters, but her number and email had been blocked. Reporter Cassidy Taylor has tips on how to safely book a vacation home rental…
Scammers often advertise rentals that don’t exist or aren’t available to trick people into sending a deposit before they find out the truth. Some scammers hijack a real rental listing and place the modified ad on another site. Others make up listings for places that aren’t for rent or sometimes don’t even exist, and try to lure you in with the promise of low rent, or great amenities. To avoid becoming a victim of a scam, try to book your vacation rental through a trusted service such as Air B&B or Vrbo, and remember, you will never be asked to wire transfer funds for a legitimate rental. For more tips, visit the link below.