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City Moving Forward with Short-Term Rental Enforcement

Post Date:01/25/2019 3:45 PM

At the meeting of the Sausalito City Council on Tuesday, January 8, the Council voted unanimously to maintain the current ban on short-term rentals of a dwelling unit, accessory unit, or room or rooms of a dwelling unit for less than 30 days. The Council directed staff to prioritize code enforcement with respect to short-term rentals.

In the coming weeks, the City's code enforcement staff will be working closely with Host Compliance to identify all short-term rentals operating in the City of Sausalito. Once identified, the property owner associated with short-term rental activity will be notified that they are operating illegally. If it is subsequently found that a property owner who has received notification is not complying with the City's ban on short-term rentals, the owner will be issued compliance orders and citations. Violations will be fined at $1,000 for the first offense, $2,000 for the second offense, and $5,000 for the third and subsequent offenses, per Sausalito Municipal Code section 1.10.110.B. Fines are cumulative and citations may be issued each day the violation exists.

Operators of short-term rentals in Sausalito are urged to cease short-term rental activity immediately. The City will be collecting transient occupancy tax for all illegal short-term rental activity occurring on or after January 8, 2019, and all violators will be fined if they do not comply with issued compliance orders. Issuance of an administrative citation does not alter any obligation to comply fully with a compliance order.
 
Renting dwelling units or accessory units is allowed for long-term occupancy, which is 30 days or more. Renting a room or rooms of a dwelling unit for long-term occupancy is also allowed, as long as no more than two paying occupants are accommodated at any one time.

Resources exist in Marin County to help homeowners share their home for 30 days or longer. Home Match, a service offered by a regional nonprofit organization, helps senior homeowners with extra rooms connect with home seekers who need an affordable place to live. Home Match screens all applicants through interviews and background checks and provides assistance with rental agreements for both parties.
 
Host Compliance will be providing the City with a 24/7 hotline and online portal to report complaints about short-term rentals. These resources will be communicated to the community as soon as they are available. In the meantime, please refer complaints regarding short-term rentals to the City's code enforcement officers, Patty Camacho and Gene Diaz, at (415) 289-4111 or code_enforcement@sausalito.gov.

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