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Steep Decline in Short-Term Rentals

Post Date:11/15/2019 2:30 PM

The number of advertised short-term rental properties in Sausalito declined from 52 at the end of June 2019 to 14 at the end of September 2019, according to figures in a staff report that was received by the City Council on November 12. A short-term rental is defined as the rental of a dwelling unit, accessory unit, or room or rooms of a dwelling unit for a period of less than 30 days. At the direction of the Council, City staff began prioritizing enforcement of the City's ban on short-term rentals in January 2019.

The City's Community Development Department is working with a company called Host Compliance in the enforcement effort. Since January, 67 letters have been sent to rental properties that were identified as non-compliant, of which 57 were determined to be compliant by the end of September.

Going forward, City staff and Host Compliance will continue to issue courtesy notices for new listings, compliance orders for properties that re-list, and citations for properties that do not comply with compliance orders. Violations are fined at $1,000 for the first offense, $2,000 for the second offense, and $5,000 for the third and subsequent offenses. Fines are cumulative and citations may be issued each day the violation exists.

The Community Development Department expects the number of short-term rental listings in Sausalito to continue to decrease as more properties are identified and noticed, and as more owners of existing and prospective short-term rental properties become aware of the City's enforcement efforts.

Host Compliance provides a mechanism for people to report suspected illegal short-term rental activity. Reports can be made by calling the Host Compliance hotline at (415) 942-8181 or by filling out an online form. Reports may also be made directly to the City of Sausalito by printing, signing, and submitting a Code Complaint Form.

At the City Council meeting on November 12, Mayor Joe Burns stated that the Council expects to review an annual report on short-term rental enforcement as a business item during one of its regular meetings in January 2020.

Any questions about short-term rentals in Sausalito may be directed to Acting Community Development Director Steve Flint at (415) 289-4133 or


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