If you have followed our journey towards obtaining the permit for a vacation rental in Santa Barbara, you know how ridiculous and onerous this process has been and started for us back in August of 2015. To date, the City of Santa Barbara has only been able to permit 1 legal vacation rental in over 1 year’s time. Why you ask? Because they have no idea what they are doing at the City of Santa Barbara, the majority of these city employees believe they are the police who take time off every month and therefore, their ONLY priority right now is focusing on shutting down vacation rentals in Santa Barbara.
So what if you purchased a property in the Hotel/ Motel Multiple Family Residential Zone and it is zoned R-4 and many other zoning designations and therefore legal to rent for less that 30 days in Santa Barbara? Well at this point, aside from contacting every Council Member and the Coastal Commission, the only next step is what we have done, hire an attorney and a good one.
There are plenty of mandates and regulations the City of Santa Barbara is FAILING to adhere to. They are making this up as they go and enjoy tremendously being the zoning police of Santa Barbara. What they fail to realize is that by their failure to allow people to get the permit in the legal zones, they are in essence violating many laws I am told. Additionally, for them to not make this process swift and valid, they again open themselves up for a huge lawsuit.
I have had numerous people contacting me over the past year to ask “How’s it going?”. Well, it’s going absolutely no where. We have been met with lies about having to separate water meters, improper rules regarding parking requirements and city employees that are constantly off work. When they are there, the focus is only on enforcement of existing vacation rentals and making sure they go down. Well homeowners…who is ready and willing to press the city to get them to process the permits and follow the law in Santa Barbara in a timely manner?
I have 4 individuals that own properties zoned R-4 in the City of Santa Barbara that are ready to start the lawsuit to force the city to follow the law in a timely matter. If you can believe we only just received the “PreConsult” letter stating now new items they would like to investigate at our property. Yes, 16 months later, no changes to the structure (only a change in use) and tens of thousands of dollars spent for a wild goose chase they sent us on before we could even get this far!
If you are as outraged as we are and own a home in Santa Barbara that is legally allowed to rent for less than 30 days, please contact me if you are interested in joining our suit.
I look forward to hearing from you,