We’ve received numerous comments from neighborhoods throughout Palm Springs that remind us why we do what we do. Here are just a few:
Let me first open by saying that vacation rentals are a privilege granted and not a right to residential home ownership. It amazes me the arrogance of the rental agents in town thinking that these properties they manage are “theirs” – and they have the right to bully long-term residents like myself into submission. I have lived eight years on East Andreas Road in Palm Springs and thirty-two years in the City of Palm Springs from the north side to the south side – and I do not plan on moving. In the last three years, both houses I live between have been converted to vacation rentals – one house is more problematic than the other. The owners of 2023 East Andreas markets itself as a five-bedroom short term vacation rental (which can hold up to 18 people during the day and house 12 persons at night). The owners are absentee and have no desire to establish roots here. FYI: since the conversion of this one home in particular: the house has been robbed twice in the last two years and all our mailboxes and my shed have been broken into. PLUS: The character of the neighborhood has changed dramatically from what was once tranquil to now a “party zone” almost every other weekend and during the holidays -- summertime is worse!...
Thank you for your hard work.
TL, 32 year Resident, Palm Springs, CA
We have a number of neighbors who are in the process of selling their homes primarily to get away from being surrounded by SRVRs. Our street alone has over 20% saturation, but so far we're going to try to "weather the storm" - however, when I visited my doctor Thursday last week he mentioned that he and his partner had sold their Palm Springs home because it was surrounded by STVRs and they moved to Rancho Mirage where they have no STVRs close by. He was happy his new City council put an moratorium in place and asked why we're staying here . It was difficult to provide a rationale for staying.
Sonrise Park, PS Resident
We purchased our home in early 2009 and there were no vacation rentals near us. Now there are 4 within 200 yards. We have called the Hot Line 3 times since October to get the closest house quieted down. We are actively looking for a new home because of the disturbances. We will have to disclose the rentals so it may well impact our selling price.
Old Las Palmas, PS Resident
My spouse and I visited Palm Springs for over twenty years and during each visit all we thought about is how wonderful it would be to make this city our home. Finally, about four years ago what we thought was our dream opportunity came true. We were moving to Palm Springs.
We searched and finally found a wonderful home in a small cluster of 51 late Alexander ranches. Our community had sidewalks and a stable neighborhood consisting of long time residents and very little crime. Within months, we got to know must of the residents just from walking our dog. Life was grand.
After about a year, things started to change. Some of the older long-time residents stated to move due health reasons and even a few had passed on. The homes they left behind needed interior updating and were quickly brought up by flippers. Once redone, investors purchased them. Almost 20% of the homes in our neighborhood became rentals.
Gradually, our quiet friendly neighborhood became a commercial, profit producing rental zone. We no longer knew who was going in and out of houses. Between the rental guests, their guests, the rental agency crew, the cleaning crews and repair crew it was impossible to determine who belonged and who did not. Crime increased to the point of at least 9 homes being robbed within three years.
We were lucky, we had no vacation homes right near us, but every time a home went up for sale we feared what was coming.
The non-stop growth of vacation rentals within Palm Springs made us start to wonder if our move was a dream come true or a nightmare.
Ultimately, we made the choice to move to a neighboring city. Seven months ago we moved to Palm Desert into a true neighborhood where no leases less then six months are allowed. We now live where crime is almost non-existing. Yet, we are two miles from the some of the best shopping and dining in the valley.
Since moving we have met many people who have told us they moved for the same reason.
I urge the city council to not pass the proposed ordinance and go back and toughen it up so STR’s are not allowed in residential areas and keeps R1 zoning for residential use only.
Your last minute changes to the current proposal really lets down the people that voted for you. If things keep going in the direction they are heading you WILL end up with a true “resort” city with little or no full-time residents. Please remember that full-time residents are the people that make a true investment in this city.
Former Palm Springs resident
Generally, under the right to buy and own real property as protected by the US Constitution (just as your Gun rights are protected), you have the right to take action to abate any Nuisance to your property.
Black's Law Dictionary defines a basic Nuisance as:
"That which annoys and disturbs one in possession of his or her property, rendering its ordinary use or occupation physically uncomfortable."
For example, noise making Vacation Houses are, by that definition, a legal Nuisance under law, but our City is saying that local Zoning rules override this right and are in control here. By all means, this is the usual legal logic-----that local governance best knows local situations and should hold forth.
But, that only holds true where such rules are FAIR and EQUITABLE.
Is it FAIR and EQUITABLE to have business (motels) in a RESIDENTIAL Zone?
Well, whatever we answer, it is still a Nuisance to have to get out of bed at 10PM and call the Noise Number.
We all know our Constitution protects our Gun Rights. Any question about that----just tangle with the NRA.
Well that same venerable document also, of course, protects our Property Rights. Now local Zoning has been upheld time and time again even though it does greatly limit what we can do with our property. But in each case the Zoning must operate in a FAIR and EQUITABLE manner.
The "R" in Zoning obviously stands for Residential inferring occupancy of the Zone by Residents. In this case----Residents of the City of Palm Springs. If you rent or buy in a Residential Zone, you have the right to expect your neighbors will also be Residents.
In large part the occupants of these Vacation Houses would NOT respond--"Palm Springs” if you were to ask where they "lived". Of course, we have wonderful Snow Birds and other part time folks, but even they would say they are Residents--certainly while they are here.
THESE VACATION HOUSES DO NOT, FOR THE MOST PART, HOUSE RESIDENTS for which the Zone is designed.
What does Resident mean? Well, start with someone who says "I live in Palm Springs."
Our Mayor concluded his big State of the City address just recently by noting that, in his agenda, the Residents were the VIPs, the life's blood of the City and of number one importance to him. At least, pardon for the paraphrase, that is what I got.
Well these new vacation Houses are like a pistol pointed at all our Residents heads and increasing them in number will pull the trigger----BANG!---you're dead----no more R-1 Zone for real, just in name only.
Any Vacation House that is rented for under 3 days is a problem----they expect FUN and if they happen to make noise---the Noise Hotline is called and maybe even the Police----they lose their noise deposit they face the police and the FUN is gone. Tourists should be basically where the City Plan has setup for them, NOT in our Residential neighborhoods---period.
Local Tourist Industry
Much has been said about hurting the local tourist industry if we curtail Vacation Houses. Well, Palm Springs has always had that vibe of excitement and just a little difference and nobody wants to quell that.
But this recent rise in Vacation Houses may not quite fit---From my observation---these new Vacation Houses are populated with a different tourist----one that brings their own food and all their paraphernalia and they park in the drive and the cars never move till they leave on Sunday----don't go out to eat, don't visit our shows or attractions, don't shop---a little different.
Yes, we get the TOT and that is a big deal, so we all know it is difficult to decide these issues, but, by the way, the similar sized little tourist town of Sonoma in Northern California has drawn the line and curtailed these Vacation House rentals. Airbnb may be on the way, but does it have to override our local best interests, too?
Are not there enough concessions already made for tourists----old hotels, new hotels, small hotels and tall hotels and civic money extended---which is all good, but why do they need our homes, too?
Although local governments have wide latitude in setting up local Zoning under the US Supreme Court's rulings, the Zoning must be evenhanded and hopefully comprehensive and that generally is what our local officials have done. We have a City Plan that has been carefully formed and is a good plan.
But the Supreme Court's rulings do not allow what may be referred to as "Spot Zoning" which is the interjection here and there of a Use that is contrary to the overall Plan or Zone.
Here we have to decide-----what is a Vacation House? A Residence or a Business? Many, many of the new wave of Vacation Houses are nothing but a business-----a Motel without a sign----push button key pads on the doors and gates, maids that come mid-week to fluff the rooms and weekends 5 to 7 cars----then it starts all over again for the next week end.
It is a question of USE-----who is in the Zone----Residents or Tourists? This expansion of Vacation Houses is essentially a "change of use".
As the City of Palm Springs recently argued in the case of "Intervention 911 vs. The City of Palm Springs" where the City was on the other side of the argument saying that "there had been a change in the use of the property by 911---period---addicts were not tourists" and I say TOURISTS ARE NOT RESIDENTS!
Anonymous, Palm Springs, Resident
I am unable to attend the meeting tonight because I tend to my 91 year old father on Wednesday evenings, starting at 5:00, but I would like my voice to be heard and considered.
I moved to Palm Springs 19 years ago from Los Angeles. I moved here because of the quaint and peaceful atmosphere, away from lots of traffic, noise, and pollution. I moved to a neighborhood the was zoned for single family occupancy in the Sunrise Park neighborhood. Of the 10 houses on my street, none were rentals.
Today, 5 of the 10 houses are rentals, and several are problems. At my home you can even hear the parties that go on at the rentals one or two blocks away sometimes. It is rarely peaceful anymore, and it is unfair that I should have to consider moving, and that opportunists that have come to this city after me have moved into quiet neighborhoods like mine and run commercial enterprises. I can understand the renting of a property for a month, several months, or a year, but by the day, or the weekend, should not be permitted in a neighborhood zoned for single family dwellings. Commercially zoned areas, and mix-use areas, OK, but not residentially zoned areas.
I live on East Desert Palms Drive, and the house next door to me (2XXX East Desert Palms Drive) was purchased by two opportunists who run it like a commercial enterprise, renting by the weekend, and sometime by the day. In five years or less, they have had 6 different property managers, and numerous problem guests. I have had to call the city and police department many times. The owners at first said that they did not want to cause any problems for the neighbors, and to call them or the property manager if there were any problems. But, that was a lot of BS, because after one year, they did not want to be bothered with phone calls anymore, and directed all complaints to the property managers. The property managers only care about getting maximum bookings, and several have been rude and said to call the city if I have a problem.
People who rent short term are looking for a fun time. I don’t blame them, but they belong in a hotel, in a part of town that is zoned for commercial or mix-use. Many of these people want to party, use the pool late into the night, play music, and talk loud usually after drinking. With a rental property, this activity is much more intense than when a single family occupies a home. A homeowner, or long term renter may have a party or two, once a month, maybe a little more, maybe a little less. But, short-term renters want to have fun during the short time they are there, and it is one after another and sometimes a party every weekend. If it is after hours, eventually the police will take care of the problem, but during the day the city, the police, and the property managers do nothing. Families rent sometimes, one after another with a new batch of noisy children who shout and scream all day long, and this would not occur as often with long term rentals, or homeowner occupancy.
I could cite story after story of how short terms renters trashed our street with litter, had wild and noisy parties, exceed the guest limits, made noise until 4 in the morning, brought kids who screamed in the pool all day long, etc., but I’m sure you will here that from many others. I hope the citizens do not have to propose a law to the voters and supersede the city, but it looks like all our voices fall upon deaf ears. We need short term rentals in neighborhoods like mine (single-family zoned residential) to be a minimum of one-month or more. That will move the party people to the hotels where they belong, and reduce the noise in neighborhoods significantly.
Property Managers, Booking Agents, and Property Owners who purchase a home just for a rental property, are destroying the quality of life in our residential neighborhoods, all with the motive for profit. Profit at the expense of the long term homeowners who sacrifice their peace and quiet so that the opportunists can make money. The city is partly to blame in its quest for revenue, which is somewhat shameful. We are not a poor city, and we are sacrificing the quality of life in Palm Springs for some incremental income that we really do not need.
I urge you to take the side of the homeowners who actually occupy their homes, live in this city, and vote. The zoning laws are being compromised, opportunists are flocking to this city, and changing the city forever. Greed is a terrible thing, and while many come to this city to make fast money, I did not. I came here for the beautiful, quaint city that it was, and hopefully you will protect.
M.N., Palm Springs, Resident 19 years
Two years ago I would never have imagined that vacation rentals would become such a major threat to our city and it goes far beyond the noise and disruption caused by the weekend partiers. More stringent regulations with increased enforcement will merely make the situation slightly less intolerable for those who are unfortunate enough to live next to one or more of these businesses. And they ARE businesses; in areas that are, by law, limited to single family residences. I’m not clear on how this is legal.
Yes, I am bothered by noise from two nearby STRs and have had to call the hotline but what is of more concern to me is what it does to the neighborhood and sense of “community.” I would have no objection to STRs in areas zoned for that type of business. I would have no objection to having neighboring houses occasionally rented out by owners who otherwise occupy those houses as their primary residences but it appears to me that most STRs are in areas zoned for residential and owned by people or corporations whose only connection to Palm Springs is the money they make from these business interests. The transient occupancy taxes that they pay nowhere near make up for the harm that is being done to our city. It cannot be allowed to continue.
D.S. Palm Springs, Resident
To City Council,
I urgently implore the council to STOP issuing any further vacation rental permits and proceed to develop a way to unravel the mess in which we find ourselves. Homes operating as de facto hotels in residential neighborhoods is a gross violation of both the law and intent of residential R1 zoning.
Last weekend (a holiday for us permanent voting residents and a party for the weekend visitors) I had to endure a horrendous party and "voice amplified fashion show" emanating from 1951 South Araby Drive. Six (6) cars were parked at the residence. I wish I could say this was the first occurrence but I have written the council before (each of you) and only the mayor had the professional conduct to reply. I won't get into the details but ultimately the police had to get involved and handled the issue. They gave me a case number to make sure any other issues get handled promptly and with heavier fines.
Unfortunately, this is one of many occurrences at both this house and 1921 South Araby Drive. I have spoken with my neighbors and most are unaware there is any recourse. They refer to 1951 South Araby Drive as the party house, and not in a fond way. I am appalled at the constant ebb and flow of strangers next door which have made the fabric of our neighborhood all but unrecognizable. If not already the case, your neighborhood may be next!
In no uncertain terms, STR's are incompatible with residential zones. Such use is best directed to commercial zones and to hotels where we have given millions of tax payer dollars to develop new properties but yet existing hotels have very high vacancy rates. I have been monitoring the recent actions of other city councils in similar tourist destinations. I clearly see a growing tide driven by the voters and supported by the courts to restrict and stop STR's in residential areas to protect the peace and tranquility to which we are legally entitled. Palm Springs has long been a seasonal rental town. STR's of less than 28 days are an abomination illegally allowed which must be corrected.
I appreciate your support and consideration in this matter.
Palm Springs, Resident
I have lived at the same address in Palm Springs for 20 years. Over the past 10 years STRs have quadrupled on my street. I had no idea how many there are in Palm Springs until I started looking onto the issue. They do cause the neighborhood to deteriorate in ways obvious and subtle. We should have a city wide moratorium on new STR permits until the issue of having them at all is resolved.
You will never know what it’s like having a vacation rental next door until it’s too late. The frustration of not being able to enjoy your home because your quiet is drowned out by partying, loud crude language, and music that blasts all hours of the day and late at night. When one group of partiers leave another group arrives and it starts the cycle all over again. This continues week after week, month after month. We have become prisoners in our own home and can no longer enjoy a quiet swim in the pool or dinner on the patio with friends.
Resident, South Palm Springs
Some of us feel like PS is more vibrant (which I personally appreciate), but at a severe cost to those of us who have out of control vacation rentals around us that impede our ability to peacefully enjoy our home and especially our outdoor space. If vacation rentals remain out of control, there are many people (including me) that would rather have vacation rentals banned from the city than allow them to remain inadequately controlled. Vacation Rentals have damaged the community in other ways too, another one that I recently discovered. I was trying to help someone find a non-vacation rental property to rent for at least a year, he was unable to find anything affordable or suitable in Palm Springs because so many long-rentals have been turned into short-term rentals. This is a person that wanted to make Palm Springs his home, make new friends here and become a part of the community. Since an apartment or condo was not an option for him, he does not live in our city - this is a huge loss to our community.
S.S., Palm Springs, Resident
I'm a year-round PS resident. My story was that I’d leased a house in Deepwell for 4 years. Within in those 4 years I had 3 VR’s open up butting against my property so I was surrounded. Two of them had been renovated into 5 BR to accommodate 12 people each! The other one accommodated 8 people. It became a nightmare. That meant sometimes I was surrounded by 32 people outside drinking, yelling and screaming using their pools not to mention the renters would sometimes invite their own guests over to join in the fun. I went from total peace and quiet to not even being able to use my own pool and back yard because of the noise. Nor could I open up the house in good weather, I’d have to keep sliders and windows closed (and I could still hear the noise even then). Many times I had to leave just to get away from it and also times dreading going home to my own house.
I had to make calls to the hotline weekly but it was like a game of whack-a-mole with the turn over in the houses. I’d finally get one quiet and then another group comes in. I even met personally with the lady over licenses at city hall.
In 2013 I finally moved, leasing a house near the Indian Canyons in a hillside neighborhood of only 15 homes on a private road. Soon after VR’s started happening and I now have 4 VR’s in this neighborhood. As the properties are more spread out than in Deepwell it’s not as bad but I do still have occasional issues.
I feel there definitely needs to be a cap on VR’s per neighborhood, block or within a specified area and not hand out licenses to just anyone that can pay the small fee. Also neighborhoods should have a voice in allowing more VR’s to open.
Berry, Palm Springs
2 of these vacation rentals (businesses) are right across the street from us. Our neighborhood has been ruined. No more peaceful week-ends (or week-days for that matter). It has gone on for over 3 years. We bought a house in a residential neighborhood - now we find ourselves living in a resort neighborhood - with no option other than to sell our house and move somewhere else. This is a horrible situation.
Watts, Palm Springs
80% of my street has vacation rental housing. It's too much.
Madsen, Palm Springs
All services for the public are regulated to keep neighborhoods safe. Liquor stores are regulated for placement, hotels are regulated for placement, bars are regulated for placement. Its not strange that vacation rentals should have stringent regulations.
Claypool, Palm Springs
Allow visitors only when owner is present. Too many "cousins" are visiting otherwise.
Kaesner, Palm Springs
As a resident of Tahquitz River Estates in Palm Springs. I live next door to a short term vacation rental . My bedroom is approximately thirteen feet from the STR next door . Noisy parties , screaming, and loud talking from day to late in the evening is extremely disturbing. I hope the city of Palm Springs takes this situation very seriously. Something has to be done !!!! I have every right to enjoy peace and quiet where I live.
Andrea, Palm Springs
City Council is sacrificing neighborhoods for income ultimately as neighborhoods loose their desirability the areas will decline
Felgemaker, Palm Springs
I also feel the number of STR should be limited on all four sides of a street. Backyard to backyard very noisey.
Schomberg, Palm Springs
I am a resident of Tahquitz River Estates neighborhood and I plan to spend the rest of my days here. I am lucky to have a wonderful couple on one side, their small resort behind me. My neighbor on the other side will be moving to Arizona and I'm worried about his property becoming a vacation rental. Friends down the street and also on Ocotillo, San Lorenzo and other streets are really plagued by the short term rentals next to them. We live here for the quiet, the respectful and house proud neighbors. There are a few full time vacation rental clients who are absolutely lovely, but I guarantee the majority are not. There needs to be MUCH stricter laws/ordinances in place.
Minelian, Palm Springs
I am book-ended by two vacation rentals -- in three months they have both been robbed. I am afraid in my house now! I am planning on moving out of Palm Springs and taking my tax dollars elsewhere if the density of these rentals is not addressed. I live in Sunrise Park and within a quarter mile of my house vacation rentals outnumber full-time residents. I voted for Robert Moon to address this issue. Please help us.
Luciani, Palm Springs
I am surrounded with 10 short term rental homes!
Cooper, Palm Springs
I have had the opportunity to live in way too many places to count, but that said, I would have ranked my Vista Las Palmas neighborhood as the best in so many ways. This, sadly, is no longer the case, as vacation rentals now surround me. The neighborhood no longer exists as I knew it, and it has had a devastating effect on my thinking about my future here. After almost 21 years, moving on is now a very real expectation, with real plans in the works. Save Palm Springs, save me please.
Lupinetti, Palm Springs
I have owned my home here in Palm Springs for nearly 15 years and have seen the party vacation rentals beginning to change the character of our neighborhood, particularly in the past year. Palm Springs must address the issue.
Root, Palm Springs
I moved here and bought a home to enjoy my neighbors and neighborhood, not live in a vacation rental party zone that turns all that upside down.
Cain, Palm Springs
I purchased a home in an area zoned "residential." If the city is providing permits and collecting TOT tax allowing homes to be used for commercial money making business the city has violated the zoning and turned it into Residential/commercial.
Robert, Palm Springs
I'm really considering moving out of Palm Springs because of all of these young people flooding our city. I like the way Palm Springs used to be, I guess the place for me now will be Desert Hot Springs. The city needs to stop all of this new construction.
Johnson, Palm Springs
I'm worried about what happens when all the hotels are built and none of these second home rentals sustain themselves financially and then this house of cards collapses.. does the real estate market plummet at that point?
Mike, Palm Springs
It is time that the city of Palm Springs start thinking about the residents that live here full time. I have lived in the Deepwell for 20 years and it was so quiet and peaceful until this whole business started with rentals in my neighborhood.
Goldstein, Palm Springs
Its insane that residential neighborhoods should have commercial party houses. This is a trend that should never have gone as far as it has. There are plenty of hotels, and more coming, to handle vacationers and parties.
Warnock, Palm Springs
Let us not only address vacation homes but also event/party homes. It makes no sense to have vacation/event homes located within single family residential neighborhoods. It is time to address this issue and take back our neighborhoods from profit only businesses. Make our neighborhoods tranquil like they were intended to be!
Gonzales, Palm Springs
My biggest concern are the amount of Vacation Rentals in an area. We are surrounded by them.
Gordon, Palm Springs
My home is directly and adversely affected by 2 short term vacation rentals adjacent to my property. There is virtually not a single weekend of peace and quiet anymore. These are no longer homes but rather businesses operating in a residential neighborhood. Soon we will probably have to disclose this when and if we attempt to sell our home.
Bruce, Palm Springs
I have never lived in a zoned residential area that is does not have the protection of such zoning until living in PS. The residential living areas of PS are treated as an extension of the main/business town will limited thought given to the privacy, security and aesthetics of its residents. ...and please spare me the response about this is a "tourist town". That is exactly my point i.e. that the two elements need to be separate from each other by virtue of an R1 designation...
Alexander, Palm Springs
The point of not allowing businesses to operate in residential areas to restrict business-related traffic and and other business activity that would disrupt and disturb the neighbors and their quality of life. Yet, somehow vacation rentals businesses are allowed to operate which are the very WORST offenders of these issues! Not to mention they add stress to an already over-stressed police force.
Gibbs, Palm Springs
We are 20-year residents who have considered moving out of PS due to uncontrolled vacation rentals on two sides of us. PS can lag behind progressive cities like Ojai and Laguna Beach or we can join them in preserving our quality of life.
Japenga, Palm Springs
We bought our house to live here several years ago. Little did we know that we now would live in the middle of several short term rentals, and the neighborhood has changed from "neighborhoody" to empty except on weekends. Please stop the escalation of this crazy business, and review what the city can do to keep the lovely character of Palm Springs!
Constance, Palm Springs
We currently are surrounded by 3 out of 6 "neighbors" as STR's with 2 more getting ready to go. That will make 5 out of 6. When we purchased our home in this single-family neighborhood four years ago there were 0 STR's. Please help.
Naomi, Palm Springs
We have been affected by weekend rental noise.We are very concerned that this entire street could become a row of boutique-rentals as properties are sold and remodeled into larger spaces for accommodating potential weekend renters.
Webber, Palm Springs
We have enough short-term/vacation rentals in our neighborhood. We don't need any more.
Hayes, Palm Springs
We have lived next door to a vacation rental for 4 years and it has been a nightmare. If policies do not change, especially the minimum rental length we will be forced to move out of our wonderful Indian Canyons neighborhood.
Kuttig, Palm Springs
We in fact moved from Deepwell BECAUSE of all the vacation rentals and the noise and traffic from them. This must get resolved. We may move out of PS entirely if the problem persists.
Ryan, Palm Springs
We just moved here and come to find out that we live next to a home that's a short term rental. I didn't realize that we were going to spend 550k to live next to a party house!!
Dawn, Palm Springs
We need to find a balance that favors the rights of the permanent residents.
Wolff, Palm Springs
We need to have a real conversation about this issue. Neighborhoods are being negatively impacted. TOT is important but there are other equally important considerations
Zak, Palm Springs
We need to support tourism but not at the cost of losing our neighborhoods.
Dietrich, Palm Springs
We reside here full time. Bought our home 2 years ago and are completely surrounded on all sides by 11 vacation rental properties before you get to another non-rental property. This is really NOT what there preservation of vacation rental opportunities should look like. Permits should be required to do vacation rental and those maps of permitted rental should be monitored for density and regulations created.
Todeschini, Palm Springs
There is a cluster or VRs on my street (San Lorenzo) and on many weekends people park their cars on both sides of the street with bumpers sticking out, or cars left in the thoroughfare, creating traffic obstructions and collision opportunities. Sometimes the street is impassable (I drive a large pick-up truck), and I can’t navigate through the street or have to wait until on-coming traffic passes, then rush through before more oncoming traffic comes. Suggestions: Off-pavement parking only; or street parking only on one side of the street. VRs should have adequate off-pavement parking spaces or at the very least, renter instructions to NOT BLOCK TRAFFIC
Aguanno, Palm Springs
The City - in its desire for revenue - has allowed the saturation of vacation rentals - especially in certain neighborhoods - to get out of hand. Recently I was at the vacation rental desk trying to solve another problem when a new owner turned in their application with a check and was issued a permit. Was their name on the deed? How many other rentals were on their street? None of this was checked, the permit was issued
Simonis, Palm Springs
I bought here to live in my retirement. I didn’t buy here to live next to a party house
Stansbury, Palm Springs
We have lived in El Rancho Vista Estates for years. What was once a quiet neighborhood on the edge of town now has numerous vacation rentals, many of them unregistered. We are literally surrounded by them. The full-time residents are assaulted every weekend during season with loud music and large drunken parties. Any complaints to the city via the noise hotline or the vacation rental hotline rarely achieves any results. The city clearly does not want to address this issue. The City Council and the city itself really do not care as they don’t want to jeopardize tax revenue. Ironically I have found the vacation rental adjacent to us to be unregistered thereby cheating the city out of revenue. Yet nothing ever happens when I report this property. It seems like the city wants any kind of business, no matter how lowbrow or shortsighted it is or at the cost of full time resident’s quality of life. It is time for residents to take action and call for greater enforcement. We are risking our quality of life and the future of Palm Springs. Do we want a Las Vegas party zone or a permanent spring break city? Or do we want to foster a respectful quality of life with quiet vacation rental retreats and upscale renters? I chose the high road over the low road that the city is currently on thanks to the total lack of concern by the City Council and minimum intervention by the city.
Christian, El Rancho Vista Estates
I have lived in my home for 23 years which is located in the heart of Vista Las Palmas in Palm Springs. Over the past 6 years the vacation rental house behind my house has been a real problem. The noise factor from the parties being held there have completely altered my once peaceful backyard. It has been only recently (the past year) that I have had results by calling the PS Police “Hot Line” to curb their enthusiasm at this “party house”. I even wrote a letter to the Mayor and City Council about this issue. They responded in a supportive manner but I still on occasion need to call the “Hot Line” to get them to quiet down. Therefore in summary, I believe that Vacation Rental Homes in neighborhoods should have very strict limitations.
K., Vista Las Palmas
I own a vacation rental home on a quiet street in Racquet Club South. We are always careful who stays in our home, we turn down a lot of bachelorette parties, wedding receptions and frequently turn down large Coachella, White Party or Dinah Shore weekend guests who tend to be noisy. We are responsible owners, and many of us are members of MyPalmSpringsGetaway.com, a marketing co-op of owner managed vacation rental homes. All of us have the same attitude when it comes to protecting our homes and neighborhoods. We really believe that the City is to blame for much of this problem. When we received our permit at the City desk, no check was made to see if our neighborhood was saturated with VR’s. They did not even check if our name was on the title. We paid our fee, got the permit and were told to collect TOT and mail it to the City once a month. It is our belief that if the City managed the permit process better, managed the complaints better and took away permits from homes where owners did not care, the problem would be curtailed.
B.S., Racquet Club South
Several houses across the street were rented by the same agent and sometimes to the same huge party, which resulted in an amazing amount of foot traffic. There are several other rental houses in the immediate vicinity that have created big problems for its neighbors and led to many late night calls to the hotline. Sadly, one fifty-two year old resident who moved to Palm Springs for health reasons stopped using his therapeutic hot tub on weekends because the noise was counterproductive to his quest for peace and quiet. Sadly, he recently passed way.
Resident, El Mirador
We lived on a quiet street for many years until one of my neighbors bought a home next door and quickly turned it into a vacation rental. My wife and I didn’t think it was going to be a problem until we came home from a weekend trip to find a football game blocking our street. We heard loud music and obscene shouting coming from the rental so we looked over the hedge and saw about 20 young men in the pool.
Resident, North Palm Springs
There is a vacation rental property next door and one directly behind us. Despite numerous calls to the VR hotline, there has been no change. Weekend after weekend, noisy partiers, drunks, screaming people for hours at a time, and still no cooperation from the owners. Sometimes the VR hotline manages to abate the noise only to have the same behavior start all over again the next weekend .
20- year residents, The Movie Colony
The number of vacation rentals at Casa Verde has turned my once quiet home environment for the past fourteen years into a resort atmosphere that changes with new renters every 30 days. Financial restrictions prevent me from relocating so that’s not an option. The current trend of buying investment properties to turn into vacation rentals is rapidly changing condominium complexes into long-term vacation party houses. This practice not only dramatically increases the liability of an HOA but also increases the scrutiny of new buyers seeking mortgages.
Peter Husk, Casa Verde