Calling all owners of R-4 Properties within the City of Santa Barbara that currently short term rent or wish to in the future!
Are you aware of the process the City of Santa Barbara has in place to obtain the permit for a vacation rental or short term rental STR in the R-4 Zone?
After going through this process for over 18 months, I must tell you that the process to get a vacation rental or short term rental permitted in the City of Santa Barbara is next to impossible. Since they admittedly have never done this before and because only 1 half time worker at the City of Santa Barbara Zoning Department is working on this with an iron fist, the process is out of control.
As of last week, they gave us a new requirement that we must now get a Coastal Development Permit and go through DART even though we have previously been told otherwise in numerous meetings and emails. What does this mean? An additional $7000 for the Coastal Development Permit and the DART process that will take even more time. DART stands for Development Application Review Team. Yes, you guessed it…more cooks in the kitchen delaying, preventing, delaying.
We have formed an R-4 property owners group and had our first meeting today, December 7, 2016
For 2 hours, 11 of us had our first meeting with Attorney Joseph Liebman regarding what the City of Santa Barbara has done to prevent owners of R-4 properties who seek to obtain the vacation rental permit to be able to legally short term rent their property. Joseph has dealt with the city on numerous issues dealing with regulatory takings by the City of Santa Barbara and has consistently won on all of these cases. Because we are legal as spelled out in the municipal code, to rent for less than 30 days in the R-4 however, the process makes this permit virtually unattainable, he believes the city is ripe for a lawsuit and is willing to help us challenge the city.
Today, we are starting the fight to protect our property rights in the R-4 zone in Santa Barbara. We are a group so far 13 strong and growing. We would like you to join our group to help us preserve and protect what are part of our “bundle of rights” as owners in R-4 and force the city to change this process so we can all get the permit to legally short term rent our properties in the R-4 zone. Many of us have started the process, some are just beginning to think about it since starting January 1, 2017, everyone in ALL zones will be illegal unless you have the permit.
The enforcement has already started in all zones in Santa Barbara so if you think you may dodge this bullet within the City of Santa Barbara, think again. They have hired 3 full time people to work purely on enforcement scouring the internet, while only 1 half time person is handling the permits in R-4. What message is this sending? Yes exactly.
And where could this be coming from?
Please read this recent article in the Santa Barbara Independent written by someone that is part of our group and owns a property in the R-4 Zone:
We have a strategy we discussed at our meeting and would love for you to be a part of our group. Please contact me and I can let you know about our group, where we will meet next and how you can get involved.
I look forward to hearing from all of you!