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Drought forces Pismo Beach to issue building moratorium

By   /  Friday, December 11th, 2015  /  Columns, Real Estate  /  Comments Off on Drought forces Pismo Beach to issue building moratorium

  The city of Pismo Beach recently issued a tiered building moratorium aimed to conserve water during the state’s historic drought. The first tier is effective immediately — the city will not issue new building permits. Planning and building permits already in the pipeline will move forward and new planning applications will be accepted. But Read More →

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Santa Barbara faces enforcement nightmare over short-term rentals

By   /  Friday, November 20th, 2015  /  Columns, Latest news, Real Estate  /  Comments Off on Santa Barbara faces enforcement nightmare over short-term rentals

The city of Santa Barbara had it good. It had been controversially collecting taxes on short-term rentals since 2008 even though most were illegally operating in certain residential zones. The city earned extra revenue and only had to crack down on a handful that neighbors deemed intolerable. But the inherent conflict caught up with policy Read More →

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Tri-county cities test limits of home sharing

By   /  Friday, August 7th, 2015  /  Latest news, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Tri-county cities test limits of home sharing

As peer-to-peer rental services like Airbnb grow, cities throughout the tri-county region have struggled to adjust to the increasingly popular trend. Just as Netflix revolutionized TV and Uber changed transportation, home-sharing sites like Airbnb are transforming the tourism industry. Travelers can stay longer and spend more money because of cheaper lodging options. Businesses get more Read More →

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Cities open door to Airbnb tourism taxes

By   /  Friday, September 20th, 2013  /  Central Coast, Top Stories, Tourism  /  Comments Off on Cities open door to Airbnb tourism taxes

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