Divergent viewpoints were aired at a Feb. 3 meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee on Vacation Rentals, with a developing consensus that requiring longer-term rentals is one solution to the problem of short-term “transient” rentals adversely impacting neighborhoods.
Patrick Ahern, a La Jolla Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, chairs the vacation rental subcommittee.
A robust discussion followed with several residents telling their own stories of how they’ve felt victimized by short-term renters and their property managers, who they argued have been largely unresponsive to their pleas to curb noise, late-night partying or other excesses by short-term vacationers.
Jonah Mechanic, who works for a company that handles short-term vacation rentals, defended the industry. He argued that only a handful of the approximately 450 rental properties in the La Jolla market are troublesome.
occupied and rented for a duration of at least 30 days. Others liked his suggested but felt a 30-day minimum should be longer.