Manteca prohibits parties and the like in short-term rentals

From 2022, it will be legal in Manteca for homeowners to use their home as a short-term rental.

But they must obtain business licenses, collect the city’s 12% tourist tax, pay a 1% short-term rental fee, and follow a series of regulations.

And if anyone 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.

The city council adopted the ordinance governing short-term rentals on Tuesday at second reading. This means that the rules will come into force next month.

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 in place that restrict the use of homes as short-term rentals are designed to preserve the character of residential neighborhoods.

As of January 1, 2022, state law allows cities implementing short-term rental ordinances to fines of $1,500 for the first offense, $3,000 for the second offense during one calendar year and $5,000 for the third and subsequent offenses in the first year of an offense.

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

To contact Dennis Wyatt, email [email protected]

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