Danville residents hoping to list and rent their properties on a short-term basis through sites such as Airbnb and VRBO had those hopes dashed by a decision in Danville Tuesday night.
At a packed Town Council meeting, residents discussed both sides of the issue, citing safety, noise and traffic concerns as well as a perceived infringement on personal property rights.
There was no open mention of a recent situation in neighboring Orinda, where an Airbnb house was reportedly used as a party location for a group of young adults, one of whom ended up in critical condition with a head injury after a fight broke out.
In the end, the town council ended up banning rentals of less than 30 days by a 4 to 1 vote. There are currently just over a dozen short-term rentals available in Danville. After passage of Tuesday’s ordinance, their owners will no longer be able to offer them on a short-term rental basis.
Passage of the ordinance was met by an almost immediate response from Airbnb, which said: “Many cities in California are reviewing proposals to enable hosts to share their homes. We are continuing to highlight the importance of fair rules with leaders throughout California.”