Tuesday, February 11, 2020
MOANS & GROANS / SAN DIEGO GRANNY FLAT* VIOLATIONS
San Diego allowed granny flats* to become short-term rentals — violating city law
* In California, accessory dwelling units are more commonly referred to as “granny flats.”
GUEST BLOG / By Cody Dulaney, inewsource reporter--San Diego City Council members were clear when they voted in September 2017 to loosen restrictions on granny flats. They wanted new affordable housing for San Diegans. None of these small units, built on land with existing homes, were to be rented for less than 30 days.
The city gave property owners about a $15,000 price reduction in permits and fees to encourage development of granny flats — and it worked. Since the law changed, about 600 permits have been issued, compared to 20 in all of 2016.
But inewsource has learned the city has no mechanism in place to ensure the new granny flats aren’t rented for less than 30 days. Officials rely on citizen complaints and code enforcement.
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