Short-term rental vote postponed

The San Diego City Council meeting to discuss short-term rental regulations was postponed in light of a memo issued by the San Diego City Attorney’s office. The meeting, and possible vote, was scheduled for Monday, Oct. 23 in Golden Hall, downtown. A new date has not been announced.

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, some of the provisions in various proposals raise questions of “equal protection” by imposing different regulations for different types of short-term rental hosts. City Attorney Mara Elliot pointed out that some of the fees recommended for generating revenues to help enforce new rental regulations could be interpreted as taxes and would require voter approval.

The postponement should give City staff time to respond to the issues raised.