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San Diego City Council Rescinds Ban In Face of Referendum

The San Diego city council had only two choices before it — repeal the regulations it initially approved in July and reaffirmed in August or put the question before the electorate in a future election. The effect of the council action was to take matters out of the voters hands and leave San Diego in limbo on the long debated question of who can rent out homes for periods of less than 30 days, an increasingly common practice popularized by online vacation rental platforms like Airbnb, RedAwning, Turnkey Vacation Rentals and HomeAway.

The council vote was to rescind the short-term rental legislation. The vote was 8-1, with Councilwoman Lorie Zapf dissenting. Zapf had supported taking the matter to the voters. The other council members are looking to take pause and for the meantime at least consider some sort of compromise that would potentially involve regulations and allow for owners to rent their home out in a responsible manner. For more information please visit NBC 7 San Diego

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