Anaheim Votes to Shut Down Short-Term Rentals Including Airbnb
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The city of Anaheim has announced that owners of short-term rental properties — including the popular Airbnb — have been given 18 months to seize operations within the city.
According to The Associated Press, Anaheim was popular with short-term rentals thanks to the close proximity to Disneyland and Angel Stadium, but the city council voted Wednesday to ban the rentals, including Airbnb.
While the rental properties will be allowed to operate for the next 18 months, the Anaheim city council will add new and improved regulations, and properties providing short-term rentals without permits will have their water and power cut off by the city.
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The 363 permitted short-term rental property owners in the city have been trying to capitalize on the tourism surge in the region, and many claim they use Airbnb and other services to make money and help enhance their property value.
Skeptics claim the renters litter, take up parking spaces and throw rowdy parties. Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait said the short-term rental properties are “motels in residential neighborhoods.”
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