Murrieta council hears from public before making decision on short-term rentals

Locals discuss the pros and cons of short-term rentals at the Feb. 18 workshop held at Murrieta City Hall. Valley News/Lexington Howe photo
Murrieta City Council recently discussed the direction that city is heading regarding short-term rentals with community members after Temecula’s recent decision to ban them altogether.Short-term rentals, according to a staff report given at the workshop held at Murrieta City Hall Feb. 18, currently falls into two areas: a whole home or “non-hosted” home where the homeowner rents out an entire home, or a homeshare or “hosted” home where the homeowner resides in the home during the stay.There are currently around 220 short-term rentals in Murrieta. According to the staff report, 89% of the short-term vacation rentals are at single-family homes, 58% are whole home versus 41% as a homeshare. Airbnb is the primary booking platform with 74% of guests using the site as a means f
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