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NEW REGULATIONS FOR SHORT-TERM RENTALS

Berkeley, California (Friday, September 01, 2017) - A new City of Berkeley ordinance requires individuals who rent out any portion of their dwelling for lodging for less than 14 consecutive days to enroll with the City. 

Short-term rentals are often rented by property owners or tenants ("Hosts") through online platforms such as Airbnb, HomeAway, and VRBO. Rentals done informally and without an online platform must still register with the City. 

The new online application and other resources are now available on our Short Term Rental page. Hosts must enroll no later than October 31, 2017 to be in compliance with the City ordinance.

The new regulations, which were adopted by the City Council on February 28, 2017, have several goals:

  • To ensure that long-term rental units are not replaced by short-term rentals;
  • To protect affordable housing from being converted into short-term rentals;
  • To provide recourse for neighborhoods experiencing possible nuisances which may be associated with some short-term rentals. 

The ordinance recognizes and codifies the existence of such alternative forms of lodging within Berkeley, and will also generate City revenue to help manage the impacts on City infrastructure and other public amenities from these short-term renters.

Hosts are responsible for enrolling with the City as this program commences.  Through the registration process, Hosts will verify compliance with City Zoning, as well as other property conditions and residency requirements. Once enrolled, applicants will remit the required City Transient Occupancy Taxes due from rented units, which will be used in part to help fund affordable housing development in Berkeley.

Short-term rentals can be in a legally established dwelling unit, Accessory Dwelling Unit or accessory building, and can involve either a portion of the unit or the entire unit. 

For the application and for more information about Short-Term Rentals in Berkeley, including FAQs, see the City's short-term rental page.  Hosts and all other interested parties can sign up to receive notifications of program developments.

The ordinance requires Hosts to send notices to the residents of all adjacent properties when they initially establish a short-term rental. If you believe that a property is operating without a permit or is creating a non-emergency nuisance, please call the City's Short-Term Rental toll-free number at (833) 300-0787.

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