San Leandro, CA: The City of San Leandro is now accepting registrations for short-term rental operators to legalize hosted rentals. Recently, City Council approved ordinances in summer 2019 to regulate short-term rentals in San Leandro. This includes establishing requirements for hosted short-term rentals (STRs) and the ban of non-hosted STRs city-wide.
Short-term rentals are defined as rental of part or all of a residential dwelling unit to paying occupants for less than 30 days. STRs are typically advertised and booked through online platforms such as Airbnb and VRBO. In a hosted STR, the primary occupant of the dwelling unit within which the rental takes place occupies the dwelling during the entire rental period. In a non-hosted STR, the primary occupant of the dwelling unit within which the rental takes place is absent from the dwelling for some or all of the rental period.
Penalties for operating a non-hosted STR are strict and include fines of $1,000 per violation and legal action by the City, including criminal prosecution. Hosted STRs are subject to certain restrictions, including a cap on the rental of 180 days per calendar year. Accessory dwelling units such as legalized in-law units are prohibited from being STR dwelling units.
To legally operate a hosted STR, an applicant must first obtain a City business license and a STR permit through the City Finance Department, and be subject to the transient-occupancy tax (TOT) of 14% of actual gross rental income.
The City is working with the firm, Host Compliance, LLC, to identify and mail to currently identifiable and listed STR operators to provide them a 60-day grace period to legalize hosted STR dwelling units by or before November 29, 2019. The City will not assess a business license tax for 2019. A renewal notice to host STR operators who obtain a business license this year will also be sent for the business license tax for 2020. Hosted STR permit applications that are approved by the City in 2019 will also be valid through the 2020 calendar year.
For more information on how to obtain a business license, prepare and submit the STR permit application, and find general information on the hosted and non-hosted ordinances (including a Frequently Asked Questions guide), please visit www.sanleandro.org/ShortTermRentals or contact 510-577-3378.
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