Contra Costa County Supervisors Weigh Options for Short-Term Rental Regulations

September 20, 2017 8:00 am · 20 comments

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors heard a pair of reports this week on their options for new ordinances that would affect short-term rental operators like Airbnb hosts in unincorporated areas of the county.

The first report centered on the question of whether to impose a hotel-style transit occupancy tax of 10 percent on proceeds from short term-rentals.

There are roughly 200 of them in the county’s jurisdiction, and those properties could generate $75,000 on an annual basis, according to county conservation and development director John Kopchik.

District 1 Supervisor John Gioia pointed out that the county’s estimate was conservative, and that revenues could be higher, which Kopchik confirmed.

The ordinance, if passed, would not affect rentals within cities or other incorporated areas of the county. Those jurisdictions would have to pass their own ordinances in order to enact such a tax.

The board also heard a report on the county’s options for an overall ordinance regulating the burgeoning short-term rental industry.

Much of the discussion focused on how to balance the benefits of the short-term rental industry against the need for affordable housing in Contra Costa County, as well as how to mitigate any impacts on neighboring
residents.

Gioia referenced parking availability in the Kensington area as an issue that might occur in some parts of the county but not others.

“I’m not sure any one approach works everywhere,” he said.

After considering similar ordinances in Richmond, San Francisco, San Mateo, San Luis Obispo and Sacramento, county staff identified a number of regulatory mechanisms that are now up for consideration by the board.

Among them were restrictions on the number of days a property could be rented each year and requirements that property owners register with the county as well as obtain a business license or permit.

They might also require property owners to notify neighbors of their intention to list a residence as a short-term rental, and give those neighbors an opportunity for public input.

There may also be limits on the number of allowable guests per stay, requirements for property owners to regularly report how many days the property has been rented in a given period, and a prohibition on renting any
unit subject to an affordable housing agreement.

Landlords could also be prohibited from operating more than one short-term rental in Contra Costa County.

Some of the board expressed an interest in keeping the ordinance flexible as the short-term rental industry continues to evolve.

“Since this is kind of a relatively new kind of business … I think we may see more changes in the next five years,” District 3 Supervisor Diane Burgis said.

The topic is expected to go before the board again in February 2018.

1 The Mamba September 20, 2017 at 8:15 AM

Our Supervisors are awful, vote them all out.

2 TIFOKCIS September 20, 2017 at 8:43 AM

Give the power to the druggies, losers, slackers and of course ‘the poor’ people demanding a living wage in CCC for flipping a damn burger.

3 David September 20, 2017 at 8:56 AM

and they need a new tax because……?

4 chuckie the troll September 20, 2017 at 8:57 AM

Somebody has been listening to the Beatles’ song TAXMAN again! And the punch line…Be grateful I don’t take it all!

5 RANDOM TASK September 20, 2017 at 9:17 AM

So between all the rhetoric tucked in there was obviously more gov overweight and taxation and regulation …..the board and councils can’t even get things right now how are they going to put more county paid butts in charge of more property and money and regulations ….AS WE ALL KNOW MOST CITY WORKERS DO LITTLE AND CARE NOT FOR THEIR JOB AND WHAT IT INVOLVES THEY GET PAID AND HAVE JOB SECURITY AND DO WORK AT THEIR OWN PACE …..SEE FOSTER CARE ..PROBATION CHECKS …DMV ..COUNTY MEDICAL…ETC …..this state can’t go a day without sticking its hands up someone’s

6 Silva September 20, 2017 at 9:30 AM

I know of several properties that were purchased for the sole purpose of short-term rentals, several of the owners living outside the US. They are never vacant, and the owners are making piles of money. Why shouldn’t they be paying taxes on that income?. And people wonder why they can’t afford to buy a home..

7 Reason September 20, 2017 at 9:56 AM

I totally agree, Silva.

8 RANDOM TASK September 20, 2017 at 10:04 AM

First off they pay property tax since they bought it second this is an obvious first move by the board to regulating rent county wide and forcing landlords to take in section 8 and illegals under a sanctuary subsidy …..now of course this state and its lemming voters want to have regulations on everything and squash the United States free market that this country was built on ….and as many prophets have predicted the US WILL BE BROUGHT DOWN NOT BY GUNS AND MISSLES BUT BY SOCIALIST WHO WANT TO BEND THE KNEE. They sell the notion of we are all immigrants that is wrong people who were born here are AMERICANS NOT IMMIGRANTS ..illegals are not immigrants they come here illegally ..you act as though people are banned from here and the issue is closed …..yet you the dem voters don’t want laws and equality for all Americans you just want what your path wants …..what you don’t know is you are destroying America …..and you might not know but THE REASON THE WORLD AND ALL COUNTRIES ARE UNDER MICROSCOPES FOR TREATING THEIR CITIZENS HUMANLY IS BECAUSE AMERICA DEMANDS THEY DO NOT TORTURE OR STARVE OR ENSLAVE THEIR PEOPLE. WITHOUT AMERICA AND ITS LAWS AND CONSTITUTION THE WORLD WILL GO BACK TO THE MIDDLE AGES AND EACH COUNTRY WILL DO AS IT PLEASES TO REIGHN …..IF YOU BELIEVE THE SOV IET UNION AND CHINA AND NK WILL KEEP THE PEACE WHEN DEMS DESTROY AMERICA THEN YOU ARE ALLREADY BEING RULED

9 Concordejet September 20, 2017 at 10:18 AM

mendocino county had a 45 days ban on renting out entire home on Airbnb because it effect the hotels companies but that did not effect people from renting just the bedroom on Airbnb.

if CCC prohibit landlords renting out their units on Airbnb I wonder if renting out the bedroom going to count???

yeah CCC supervisors are cry babies I agree vote them out. I mean like come on every time I get a new roommate I always notify my next door neighbor and he have no problem because I always get a good roommate.

10 Savage September 20, 2017 at 10:24 AM

This is one of the main reasons that rents are so skyrocket high. Some houses i looked at recently were sold to buyers overseas just for the massive income they are generating with airbnb, etc.

11 tomhilton September 20, 2017 at 11:17 AM

The AirNB needs to contribute to the wear and tear on the roads in the community just like the hotels/

12 WC September 20, 2017 at 11:23 AM

Landlords have something that you don’t, They are bad, I want to take from them and give to you. Vote for me!

13 Original G September 20, 2017 at 12:05 PM

My gosh never realized hotels had wheels.

14 BITE_ME September 20, 2017 at 1:02 PM

It’s “short term”. Just like when people have a garage sell.
They already pay a tax if it’s full time. You don’t tax when it’s part time.

15 Silva September 20, 2017 at 1:25 PM

It’s short term only to the people who stay for a night or a few, not the owners who have the placed fully booked with “short term” rentals all year.

16 RANDOM TASK September 20, 2017 at 1:30 PM

And the socialist train speeds on devouring county after county till their bloated egos convince them the state is better off on its own and turns into Mexico numero dos …..and we all know a separatist socialist state always remains independent right …no one will run it over and force it to be communist will they ……..cccboard is helping you destroy your own freedoms and everyone around you …… nice voting

17 WC September 20, 2017 at 3:13 PM

What problem are they trying to solve?

18 Atticus Thraxx September 20, 2017 at 4:21 PM

So was I asleep when Concord suddenly became an Airbnb Mecca? How much money will we spend to hold on to $75k a year? A bunch I’ll bet.

19 Foonman September 21, 2017 at 10:53 AM

Sounds like “we want to tax the rich” crud again…..

20 Safety Second September 21, 2017 at 4:04 PM

Class-envy people hate a free market enterprise, like AirBnB, because they themselves are low achievers. My grandparents Democrat party has been hijacked by low achievers who will sell out the American experience (individual liberty, limited government, free markets) no matter the cost to future generations. Shame on Democrats… they are truly FAKE Americans.

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