Newport Beach beefs up enforcement of short-term rentals for summer, shuttering 78 properties – Orange County Register

NEWPORT BEACH In anticipation of the large influx of visitors expected to visit Newport Beach this summer, city officials have taken steps to enforce the city’s short-term rental regulations.

As of Tuesday, June 27, the city had recorded nearly 1,300 short-term rental permits. Most are located on the tourist hotspots of Balboa Island, Corona del Mar and the Balboa Peninsula, Community Development Director Kimberly Brandt said during a presentation to the City Council.

“Summer has arrived and we are seeing our vacation rentals starting to be used on a regular basis,” Brandt said. “The city is taking a proactive code enforcement effort this summer to ensure that all the rentals are properly permitted.”

So far, 57 citations have been issued to property owners of questionable listings — meaning they may not have permits to operate as a short-term rental — and 78 unpermitted properties have stopped operating vacation rentals and will have to pay back transicent occupancy taxes, Brandt said.

Over 50 listings are still under review from city staff, she said.

Owners renting their properties are required to obtain a permit, business license and pay transient occupancy taxes, similar to what a traditional hotel already does.

Short-term rentals, defined as stays of less than 30 days, generated $2.7 million in transient occupancy taxes for the city in the 2015-16 fiscal year, according to the presentation.

Community concerns over the rentals led the city to start enforcing existing laws regarding the properties. Some residents have complained of loud noise from tenants as well as littering and partying.

Councilman Jeff Herdman, whose District 5 encompasses areas with numerous rental listings, questioned what happens to landlords who continually rent to disruptive tenants.

“One of the gentlemen that I talked to had a lot of complaints about the place next door to him,” Herdman said. “What kind of dialogue or communication goes on between the police and…

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