Everyone in Palm Springs is entitled to the facts.
Fact 1: This is a ban on single-family home vacation rentals.
Proponents have taken the position that the measure would just “limit” some regulation.
This is false and deceptive. It’s a ban.
Fact 2: Palm Springs vacation rentals are some of the most highly regulated in the country.
Less than a year ago, our City Council passed one of the toughest vacation rental regulations in the country. The City is providing quarterly reports proving enforcement of these regulations is working and the issues are not as widespread or overwhelming our neighborhoods as the proponents claim.
Here are just a few of the things vacation homeowners must do:
- Homeowners pay a $900 annual permit fee to fund the Vacation Rental Compliance Department that enforces all regulations.
- Before booking, collect renter's government-issued ID, ensure that guests are 25 or older, and limit the group size to two per bedroom.
- Collect guests' license plate numbers and limit vehicles to one per bedroom.
- Greet guests in person or, within 24 hours of their check-in, meet with guests to explain local regulations, and have all adults sign the Statement of Rules and Regulations. Someone must be available at all times to respond to issues at the home, in person and within 30 minutes.
- Guests may not play any music outside, and no music at all should be heard by neighbors.
- Rental permits from the city require proof of appropriate home insurance and, for HOA members, a letter from the HOA saying that rentals are allowed.
- Renters must be charged the 11.5% Transient Occupancy Tax, and taxes must be sent to the city monthly.
If you vote yes, these strict regulations will be replaced with a ban. If you vote no, the strict regulations currently in place can be enforced.
Fact 3: This measure will be devastating to Palm Springs’ economy.
Vacation home rentals generate nearly $8 million (Hotel tax) and $2.5M (sales tax) per year in tax revenue to the city. Proponents provide no plan to replace these badly needed funds.
Tourism is the #1 source of revenue for the overall Palm Springs economy. A ban on vacation home rentals is a ban on tourists. Our 6,100 hotel rooms cannot make up the 5,200-bedroom inventory loss. Proponents provide no plan to make up the $199 million that will be lost to our downtown shops, retail centers and tourist attractions.
Many tourists come to Palm Springs to stay in mid-century homes where they can enjoy the Palm Springs lifestyle. A ban on these rentals is a ban on our reputation as a world-class tourist destination. Join us by endorsing the campaign to preserve well-regulated vacation rentals in Palm Springs