New Bill Targets Short-Term Rentals

(Cindy Powell, Photographer)
Sen. Steve Glazer (center) surrounded by city officials. (L-R) Police Chief David Cook, City Council Member Inga Miller, Vice Mayor Amy Worth and Mayor Darlene Gee.

    On Feb. 17, in front of the Orinda Library, Sen. Steve Glazer unveiled new legislation allowing cities to impose fines of up to $5,000 on short term rental (STR) hosts who violate local laws. The current maximum fine is $1,000 per incident.
    Prompted by the killing of five people in an Orinda STR on Halloween, the bill is intended to deter “party houses” which attract massive gatherings in otherwise quiet residential neighborhoods. Glazer and Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan are co-authors of the bill, which was introduced on the senate floor Feb. 18.

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