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 IMPORTANT SHORT-TERM VACATION RENTAL UPDATE

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EMERGENCY ORDER 2D CONTINUES AND EXTENDS THE TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF SHORT TERM LODGING FACILITIES TO JUNE 24, 2020 AND CALLS FOR AN IMMEDIATE ONE-YEAR SUSPENSION OF THE PERMIT OR LICENSE FOR VIOLATIONS OF EMERGENCY ORDER

The City Council met in a Special City Council Meeting this morning, June 1, 2020, and directed the City Manager/Emergency Services Director to issue  Emergency Order 2D, which continues  and extends to June 24, 2020, the temporary suspension of short-term lodging facility rentals to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus.

 Section 9 of Emergency Order 2D is amended, in part, to state that violation of the Order is subject to a fine of $1,000 per violation per day and an immediate  one year of the permit or license.  

 Emergency Order 2D is attached and remains in full force and effect until June 24, 2020, unless further extended. 

Download Emergency Order No. 2D


EMERGENCY ORDER 2C CONTINUES THE TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF SHORT TERM LODGING FACILITIES 

Pursuant to City Council action, Emergency Order 2C was issued on May 13, 2020 by the City Manager/Emergency Services Director continuing the temporary suspension of short-term lodging facility rentals to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus.

Section 3 of Emergency Order 2C states, “the use, occupancy, rental, lease, hiring or otherwise letting of any Short-Term Lodging Facility is hereby suspended, unless exempted under Section 5 of this Order, or unless occupancy is by the owner and/or his or her household members”.

Emergency Order 2C remains in full force and effect until June 19, 2020, unless further extended. 

The City appreciates your cooperation to limit the spread of the Coronavirus and safeguarding our community.  

Download Emergency Order No. 2C


EMERGENCY ORDER 2B TEMPORARILY SUSPENDING SHORT TERM LODGING FACILITIES REMAINS IN FULL FORCE AND EFFECT

The City has received several inquiries on the status of the City’s Emergency Order temporarily suspending short term lodging facilities, including STVRs, should the Riverside County Board of Supervisors repeal or amend the Orders of the County Health Officer.

Please be advised that Emergency Order2B will remain in full force and effect and will continue to be enforced, until and unless, otherwise ordered by the City Manager/Emergency Services Director.

In the event that Riverside County lifts or amends their Orders, the City will evaluate whether to take any action on Emergency Order 2B.  Additional notification will be provided, should the City lift, amend, or otherwise modify the Order.


The City Manager/Emergency Services Director has enacted Emergency Order 2B (attached) amending previously adopted Emergency Orders 2 and 2A temporarily suspending the use of short-term lodging facility rentals to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus

Pursuant to Section 3 of Emergency Order 2B, “the use, occupancy, rental, lease, hiring or otherwise letting of any Short-Term Lodging Facility is hereby suspended, unless exempted under Section 5 of this Order, or unless occupancy is by the owner and/or his or her household members”.

For clarity, the use or occupancy by persons other than the owner and/or his or her household members is a violation of this Order and subject to fines and suspension of the STVR license.

Any current use of a STVR property by persons other than the owner or owner’s household members shall be immediately vacated. Any planned use by persons other than the owner or owner’s household members shall be cancelled.

The City will take any and all available measures to identify occupants of any STVR property to ensure compliance with this Order.

The City appreciates your cooperation to limit the spread of the Coronavirus and safeguarding our community. 

Download: Cathedral City Emergency Order 2B

 

CLOSURE OF SHORT TERM VACATION RENTALS, TIME SHARES, HOTELS AND MOTELS

Order by the City of Cathedral City’s Director of Emergency Services placing additional enforcement actions against anyone operating a short term lodging facility, with the limited exceptions, in violation of this order.  The order allows the police and code compliance departments to issue fines of $1,000 per violation per day, and immediate suspension or revocation of the owner’s permit or license.

  • Cathedral City Emergency Order 2A
    • Issued: April 3, 2020
    • Effective: Immediately
    • Duration: June 19, 2020, unless extended.
      This Order applies to short term lodging facilities that rent, lease, hiring or letting in any way, which provides lodging or accommodation for sixty (60) days or less. 
    Emergency Order No. 2

 The County of Riverside Health Officer issued an Order on 3/27 and an Amended Order on 3/30/2020. The Order only allows short term rentals to be used in the mitigation and containment of COVID 19. 

 


 

Effective July 24, 2019, Ordinance #825 was adopted by the City Council to establish a moratorium on issuing new Business License applications for Short-term Vacation Rental (STVR) permits.

The City Council authorized the STVR Task Force to study the program. The first meeting occurred on July 15, 2019 with at a minimum monthly meetings planned. The Task Force will be reviewing and analyzing the program in these three areas:

  • Regulation
  • Enforcement
  • Density

Once the Task Force has completed their work, recommendation(s) will be made to the City Council for review. Once the City Council has taken action, a decision will be made regarding the moratorium.

During the moratorium, the following types of applications will be accepted and processed:

  • New Business License and STVR Permit Application for a property in a Homeowners Association with an HOA letter authorizing the STVR
  • Renewal of an existing Business License and STVR permit

For those homeowners operating a short-term vacation rental (30 days or less), they are also required to complete a Homeowners Application in order to obtain a vacation rental permit (which is included in the business license).

For homeowners operating a vacation rental in a homeowner's association (HOA), Ordinance #781 was certified on October 12, 2016 and became effective 30 days thereafter on November 11, 2016. This ordinance requires vacation rental units located in any area governed by a homeowners association or community association and subject to covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs), the owner or the owner's authorized agent or representative must additionally submit a letter from the association's governing board stating that either the CC&Rs do not regulate such vacation rentals, or that vacation rentals are not prohibited at the proposed unit by the CC&Rs. This letter must be submitted along with the business license application/renewal and the vacation rental application/renewal.

Resolution 2017-10 was certified and became effective on March 22, 2017. The application and registration fee for a new or renewal vacation rental permit was increased to $415/year.

Ordinance #792 was certified on April 12, 2017 and becomes effective 30 days thereafter on May 12, 2017. This ordinance provides further definition and clarification to include:

  • apartment buildings (multiple-family attached building) with five (5) or more units under common (the same) ownership will not be issued a vacation rental permit.
  • vacation rental units subject to CC&Rs, but not within an HOA, require a copy of the CC&Rs to be submitted with the application to determine if there is a short term vacation rental prohibition.
  • the City must conduct a health and safety inspection of the proposed vacation rental unit prior to issuing a new vacation rental permit and prior to issuing any renewal vacation rental permit. The cost of the Fire/Life Safety inspection is $50/year.
  • once the vacation rental permit is issued, all residences within 100 feet of the property line will be mailed a notification of a neighboring vacation rental. Note - during the first year of this ordinance, neighbors of all vacation permit renewals will also be mailed a notification.

Effective July 11, 2017, 60 days after Ordinance #792 became effective, any vacation rental unit operating without a permit shall cease operations. Resolution 2017-10 includes these fines:

  • If the vacation rental continues to operate thereafter without a vacation rental permit, the property owner may be fined up to $5000 each time the unit is rented until such time as a vacation rental permit is obtained from the City.
  • The City may impose a fine up to $500 per occurrence for failing to respond to calls or complaints regarding the condition, operation or conduct of occupants and/or guests of the vacation rental unit in a timely manner, or failing to be available twenty-four (24) hours/day, seven (7) days/week for the purpose of responding within forty-five (45) minutes to complaints.
  • The City may impose a fine up to $500 for lodging a false complaint regarding the condition, operation or conduct of occupants/guests of the vacation rental unit.
  • Except as noted above, the City may impose a fine up to $1000.

Property Management Companies managing vacation rentals are required to obtain a business license for not only their property management firm, but also for the individual properties they manage. These forms need to be completed:

Per the Municipal Code, the number of occupants allowed to occupy any given vacation rental unit is limited as follows:

Number of Bedrooms

Total of Overnight* Occupants

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF Daytime** Occupants (Including Number of Overnight Occupants)

0—Studio

2

8

1

2

8

2

4

8

3

6

12

4

8

16

5

10

18

6

12

18

7

14

18

* 10:01 pm - 6:59 am; ** 7:00 am-10:00 pm

 

Prior to permitting occupancy of a vacation rental unit by a transient, the owner or the owner’s authorized agent or representative shall: (a) obtain the name, address, and a copy of a valid government identification of the responsible person; (b) provide information about the vacation rental regulations; and (c) require such responsible person to execute a formal acknowledgement that he or she is legally responsible for compliance by all occupants of the vacation rental unit and their guests with all applicable laws, rules and regulations pertaining to the use and occupancy of the vacation rental unit.

 Once the permit is issued, these documents are required to be posted in the vacation rental:

For short-term rentals, TOT return is due at the end of the month for the previous month's rentals, e.g., January TOT is due at the end of February. The current TOT rate is 12%.

Frequently Asked Facts about TOT are included, please see TOT Reminders.

Short-term Vacation Rentals

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