California Bay Area Town Bans Short-term Rentals

February 18, 2016

A picturesque town in the San Ramon Valley, Calif. has banned residents from operating short-term rentals.

The Contra Costa Times reported that Danville’s town council voted 4-to-1 Tuesday to prohibit rentals of fewer than 30 days.

The town’s attorney said Danville has about 20 households that host through platforms such as Airbnb and VRBO.

Some residents argued they should be allowed to use their property as they want, but many more said they didn’t want Danville’s “small town” feel ruined by strangers.

Danville is about 30 miles east of San Francisco, where Airbnb spent more than $8 million last fall to defeat a ballot measure to further regulate the industry. Cities large and small are struggling with the issue of short-term rentals.

Danville has about 42,000 people.

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  • February 23, 2016 at 9:58 am
    Too bad says:
    Score one win for the hotel industry. It's unfortunate that a small portion of the town's homeowners have lost a revenue stream. I'm guessing they weren't harming the econom... read more
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