Council Prohibits Short-Term Rental Lodging Until May 20 in COVID-19 Response
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Citing increased risk for COVID-19 exposure, the City Council has prohibited short-term lodging rentals until May 20 or for the duration of the City’s local emergency.
The City’s 1,536 permitted short-term rental housing units tend to be clustered in high-density areas, predominately near the beaches and Newport Harbor. Council members said the ban will help reduce the high turnover in short-term rentals that may increase the risk of spreading COVID-19 in the community.
The temporary restriction will go into effect immediately and stay in place until May 20, or sooner if the City’s local emergency is lifted. Renters now occupying short-term lodging will be allowed to remain for the duration of their rental agreements.
Violations will result in a fine of $1,000 for a first violation, a 1-year permit suspension for a second violation, and revocation upon a third violation.
Medical personnel and emergency workers responding to the crisis will be exempt.