Joshua Tree Vacation Rentals

Joshua Tree Short-Term Vacation Rental Update

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:

  • Review the local city and/or county ordinances for vacation rental policies and the application process before you buy
  • Evaluate the competition – look at HomeAway, VRBO, AirBnb.  What is the nearest vacation rental? What amenities do they have?   What are they charging.
  • Investigate that there have been no complaints or violations that could prevent a new owner from short-term vacation renting the home
  • Team up with a professional property manager to evaluate the home’s potential use as a vacation rental.  Review with the property manager what is required for a successful vacation rental.
  • Review the use of the home as a vacation rental with your insurance agent
  • Hire a professional property manager in the local Joshua Tree area to manage the day to day operation of the short-term vacation rental if you don’t live nearby to manage the home.

These are just some of the basic tips to consider when investing in a short-term vacation rental home.

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