Tuesday November 13th, 2012 the Seal Beach City Council voted unanimously to ban vacation rentals in Seal Beach. The 5-0 vote makes it illegal to rent out a residential property for 29 days or less – called a short-term rental or a vacation rental — for any purpose in the city.
Quoting District 1 Councilwoman Ellery Deaton from Tuesday night’s council meeting, “It was what the community wanted…”, “It’s not anything we’re imposing on the community. Pictured below is the property located at 1499 Seal Way. It is largely credited as the building that started the debate that resulted in the ban of vacation rentals in Seal Beach.
My family has a large reunion every year in Litchfield Beach, SC. This beachside community is not a “hotel community” either, yet they have a robust and sustainable vacation rental community. In fact that is the ONLY way to stay in the area. Dunes Property Management does a wonderful job at orchestrating the weekly rental of dozens of multi million homes all year long.
Is it possible to conclude that there are circumstances preventing Seal Beach from sustaining vacation rentals? Certainly there must be a way that other vacation communities maintain a balance with their tourists needs and those of year round residents.
Could compromise be found by taking the time to better understand what other communities are doing through the use of a professional consultant? That is typical practice on other city projects. I’m interested to know how you feel about vacation rentals. Leave your thoughts to this question below in the comment area!