Short-term rentals equal long-term discussions

Tiobe Barron, Ojai Valley News correspondent

Short-term home rentals like those listed on Airbnb or VRBO have become increasingly popular in recent years, offering travelers an often affordable and unique way to experience their destinations. But across the state, legislators are grappling with how to regulate the burgeoning, multibillion dollar “cottage industry,” specifically, how to collect bed tax like that gathered from hotels and inns, and how to protect neighborhood integrity in primarily residential areas.

In the city of Ojai, the process for renting your property on one of these sites is not a use considered for residential zones, so since 1985, the legal way to operate has been to approach the Ojai Planning Commission to obtain a Conditional Use Permit (C.U.P.). Only one property in Ojai has done so to date.

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