Airbnb, other short-term rentals banned around Disneyland
June 30, 2016, 9:56 AM ·
If you're looking to book a place to stay for your next visit to the Disneyland Resort in southern California, your range of options just got a bit smaller. The City of Anaheim voted last night to ban short-term rentals, such as Airbnb, inside the city.
According to coverage from the Orange County Register, owners of the 383 permitted short-term rentals in the city will have to shut down within the next 18 months. Anaheim began limiting short-term rentals two years ago, requiring a registration fee and payment of the city's 15 percent hotel tax. Last year, the city capped the number of permits available to short-term rentals.
But that was not enough to satisfy local residents, who complained that many of the short-term rentals effectively were operating as hotels in residential neighborhoods. After also considering additional restrictions on the rentals, the city council voted last night for the ban.
The decision means that out-of-town visitors to the Disneyland Resort will either have to choose from among the many hotels in the area, or opt for a short-term rental farther from the parks, in another, nearby city. Hotels already offered the advantage of proximity to the Disneyland theme parks — dozens of hotels are located within walking distance of the front gates, while almost all short-term rentals were significantly farther away. But homes rented through Airbnb and VRBO typically offered more space at relatively lower prices, making them a potentially attractive alternative for larger families and groups.
The ban not only will help keep those visitors out of the city's residential areas, it should dissuade investors who have been driving up the price of homes in the city by buying houses to convert them into Airbnb rentals. But by limiting the options for tourists, it might also help drive up the price of hotel rooms in the city, assuming that other investors don't then switch to building more hotel inventory.