The Desert-Sun reports that San Bernardino County issues a 45-day pause on new short-term vacation rental permits in the Joshua Tree area and other second home markets to evaluate short-term vacation rental issues.
It was also reported : “In addition to the temporary pause on new permits, the supervisors also approved several amendments to the county’s short-term rental ordinance. These changes include a limit of one STR on parcels under 2 acres and two STRs on parcels over 2 acres in the mountain and desert regions, and occupancy limits of four people for a one-bedroom or studio unit, with two additional guests allowed for each additional bedroom up to a maximum of 12 total guests.
The supervisors also capped the number of STR permits for any individual person, corporation, personal or family trust, LLC or LLP at two permits — those with more than two STRs will be grandfathered in to keep their existing rentals. Rowe also proposed banning corporations from obtaining an STR permit, but her motion did not move forward due to a lack of a second from other supervisors.
These changes to short-term rental rules will take effect July 28, 30 days after the ordinance is introduced on second reading on June 28. The temporary pause on new permits is intended to allow the county time to implement the new rules and study other options on STRs.”
5/6/2022 – The High-Desert Star reported: “Owners of short-term home rentals in town limits will pay $965 for a permit plus a $340 monitoring fee starting July 1. The previous fees were $270 for a permit and $85 for monitoring.”
4/7/2022 The New York Times reports: A short-term rental gold rush is fueling concern for the area’s signature trees and debates about whether the nature of life in the desert of southeastern California is changing forever.
3/24/20222 – The Desert Sun reports on the impact of short-term vacation rentals and the lack of housing and rentals for locals in the Joshua Tree area. A typical home value in Joshua Tree is now $414,172, up from $244,942 before the pandemic. The San Bernardino County is proposing more short-term vacation regulations too.
2/18/2022 – Z107.7FM reported: “The Yucca Valley Town Council approved updates to their housing code, based on input from several months of public hearings. The town limited the number of short-term rentals to ten percent of the town’s total housing stock. The number of guests allowed at a short-term rental is limited to eight, though larger houses may seek a special permit to allow for more guests. All new vacation rentals must have an owner or agent available to respond to reasonable complaints against the rental within 15 minutes by phone or 30 minutes in person. Noise monitoring hardware must be installed in all new rentals. All outdoor lighting must be fully shielded. And disciplinary fines against problematic short-term vacation rentals have been increased, and range from $1500 to $5000, with the town still able to completely revoke permits. Finally, the town moved the section of code relating to vacation rentals out of the development section and into the general section, allowing for easier updates to the code as needed.”
7/2/21 – The San Bernardino Sun reported “Fines for violating the short-term rental rules are now 10 times as high. Rather than $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second offense and $500 for the third offense within 12 months, those fines are now $1,000, $2,000 and $5,000.”
2/20/20 – The Los Angeles Times reported about a new law passed in December 2019 in the County of San Bernardino that is affecting the owners of Joshua Tree short-term vacation home rentals. Other short-term vacation towns and areas such as Pioneertown and Yucca Valley are affected too.
Homeowners now have to apply for a Short-Term Rental Application with the county. The Joshua Tree short-term vacation rentals are now subject to short-term residential permits, code inspections and enforcement, transit occupancy tax, advertising specifications and more.
Whether Joshua Tree, elsewhere in the high desert or in Greater Palm Springs, buyers thinking about investing in a vacation rental should consider the following before buying:
These are just some of the basic tips to consider when investing in a short-term vacation rental home.
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