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Dana Point to Mull Vacation Rental Restrictions

City officials will look at instituting a permit process and a set of restrictions for the landlords who operate the 256 short-term rentals in Dana Point neighborhoods.

Vacation rentals in Dana Point face new regulations.

On Tuesday the City Council will consider a proposal to regulate the short-term rentals (less than 30 days) that comprise roughly 2 percent of households in Dana Point.

Since 2009, the number of vacation rentals in Dana Point nearly doubled to an estimated 256 rentals. For years, city leaders have debated how to handle the unregulated rentals, some of which frustrate neighbors who worry that they bring loud parties or inconsiderate visitors.

On Monday, the council will decide whether to pursue a permitting process. The process would require vacation homeowners to register their properties and follow several conditions such as adequate parking, a limitation of two guests per bedroom plus two for a pullout couch, minimum stays of three nights, compliance with homeowner association regulations and insurance.

Additionally, the owners would have to be responsible for the loud noise and disorderly conduct of guess, according to the city staff report. Landlords who fail to follow the requirements could have their permits revoked under the program recommended by staff.

The city reviewed regulations in 43 cities that monitor vacation rentals. In November, Seal Beach voted to ban all new incoming vacation rentals in the iconic Old Town district after neighbors complained of loud and disorderly parties.

The meeting is at 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall 33282 Golden Lantern.

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Do you think vacation rentals should be regulated in Dana Point?

patricia rialto February 04, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Can you tell us where "Dan Point" is? Does anyone ever spell check the articles? Almost every article is riddled with obvious errors. As an educator, I find this very disturbing. You should be embarrassed.
patricia rialto February 04, 2013 at 06:53 PM
Oh, and "On Monday, the council will decide whether to purse a permitting process." Seriously? Wow.

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