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Manteca may regulate short term rentals
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A growing number of Manteca houses are being rented out on a short-term basis — primarily for one or two days — via Internet bookings.

The one day rentals apparently are the source of issues being generated in impacted neighborhoods.

They include two types of renters — those seeking a stopover on a trip such as to Yosemite or San Francisco and those throwing parties.

Such use in the past several months has led to a spike in complaints pertaining to unruly parties, excessive noise, and a significant increase in the number of vehicles parked on neighborhood streets.

Although Airbnb is the most popular there are other websites that feature Manteca listings. A spot check indicated there were more than 40 unique listings for the short term rental market that was once the forte of the regulated hotel lodging trade.

Of those three appear to be homes that operate 100 percent as short-term rentals.

Tonight when the City Council meets at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St., staff is asking for direction on whether they want Manteca to regulate short-term rentals.

Potential options besides leaving things as they are include:

*Banning them outright.

*Mandate a minimum of nights a property must be rented such as two or more nights.

*Requiring owner occupancy of all short-term rentals.

*Establishing a limit on the number of guests per visit.

*Limiting the number of vehicles on rented property per visit.

*Allowing them in certain zoning districts.

*Restrict the number of permits for short-term rentals citywide.

*Only allowing them in certain housing types such as condos, free-standing homes, apartments, duplexes, or mobile homes.

*Establishing minimum distances between short-term rentals.

*Placing limits on how many months in a year houses can be used as short-term rentals.

*Limit rentals to secondary units on property where the host resides.

*Any combination of the aforementioned.

Not mentioned in the staff report for tonight’s 7 p.m. meeting at the Civic Center is a question whether such rentals that target the same market of business and pleasure travel that hotels do should be subject to Manteca’s 12 percent hotel tax.

At least one neighbor of short-term rental house that happens to be listed on Airbnb also complained of a growing trend of multiple families living in the same home and more people renting rooms out to people much like boarding homes of yesteryear.

The city 18 years ago when the issue arose of a 4,400-square-foot home with seven bedrooms near Joshua Cowell School being rented to five different couples and/or individuals at the time said they could not regulate such use given the single family home zoning enforced per se would be discriminatory under federal housing law.

Such renting of rooms or multiple families that are sometimes unrelated living in the same house is not considered as being in the same category as residence inns that are a growing business or short-term rentals aimed at travelers.


To contact Dennis Wyatt, email