Home rentals

Short-term home rentals must pay business license fees

Those who use their homes for short-term rentals through companies such as Airbnb must pay an annual business license fee of $25.
The city council implemented the permit fee on Tuesday.

Homeowners who use their home for short-term rentals must also pay fees associated with obtaining the initial business license. This includes a $73 business license planning exam fee plus current fingerprinting fees through the Manteca Police Department.

And when they rent their home, they must collect the city’s 12% tourist tax, pay a 1% short-term rental fee, and follow city regulations. The rental fee allows the city to use a company to monitor the internet rental of homes in Manteca.

If someone is caught using their home as a short-term rental without a permit or ignoring city regulations, they will be subject to fines starting at $1,500.

Restrictions imposed by the board include:

*prohibition of rental to anyone under 25 years old.

* Whole houses or units cannot be rented.

*only two bedrooms can be rented in a house or unit.

*owners must use off-street parking and only allow two vehicles per reservation.

*quiet hours are 9 p.m. to 10 a.m.

*there must be a 100 yard separation from the property line between short term rentals.

*no parties, weddings, social events and/or social gatherings are permitted.

*all owners must have an agent/representative available at all times to address concerns.

Short-term rentals such as those offered on Airbnb can only be rented for 30 days or less. The rules put in place which restrict the use of dwellings as short-term rentals aim to preserve the character of residential areas.

State law allows cities implementing short-term rental ordinances to issue fines of $1,500 for the first offense, $3,000 for the second offense in a calendar year, and 5 $000 for the third and subsequent offenses in the first year of an offence.

This means that unlike other zoning code violations where the state limits the ability of cities to assess charges for people who violate them, the ordinance passed by the city has real powers if the city decides to l ‘to apply.

To contact Dennis Wyatt, email [email protected]