The prime responsibility and duty of the Board of Directors of Rancho Mirage Community Association is to “maintain and improve the property value of homes and businesses within its purview.” To maintain the property values of the homes within the RMCA, the Board works to provide for a safe and secure community.
Many neighbors who live near STRs have stated they experienced a change in their feelings about their community. Although the majority of STRs appear to be well maintained and regulated by the City of Rancho Mirage’s Ordinance, residents are affected by noise, strangers moving into and out of homes frequently, thus creating a lack of cohesiveness and community.
Figures from 2014 – 2017 indicate the number of short term rentals increased approximately 122%. In 2014 there were 27 STRs, which constituted 6% of the total number of residential homes. In 2016 that percentage increased to 13.3%, with 60 short term rental properties identified.
The Board of Directors is addressing the proliferation of short-term rentals because it affects property values of residences and seriously compromises the quality of life in our community. Ideas discussed with community members at BOD meetings and the Town Hall meeting can be found by clicking here.
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Short-term Rental Ordinance
Short-term Rental Ordinance
The City of Rancho Mirage recognizes the importance to property owners of the ability to rent their homes on a short-term basis. While many cities and some in the Coachella Valley outright banned short-term rentals, often advertised through websites and companies such as VRBO.com and others, this city respects owners’ needs or wants to conduct a business by renting their properties. The city has authority to regulate those rentals so as to limit their number, noise and parking problems renters may cause, the number of people residing in a short-term rental property, and other aspects of owners’ rental business that may adversely affect the community at large.
The RMCA’s primary purpose in all matters is to maintain and improve the property values of its members and purview. To that end, The RMCA actively assists members and property owners in being aware of and complying with the terms of the City’s short-term rental Ordinance and Codes governing noise of several kinds.
In response to complaints by members, the RMCA held a Town Hall meeting to address concerns about short-term rentals, at which representatives of the City of Rancho Mirage, including councilmembers, the Code Enforcement Manager, a law enforcement officer, and the City’s Public Relations Director spoke at length and answered questions and concerns of audience members, many of whom want to rent their properties on a short-term basis. The RMCA regularly distributes the City’s brochure about short-term rental policies and informs members and others about the City’s Hotline for residents to call in case there are problems or disturbances at any vacation rental, (760) 833-7999, which was created as part of the Ordinance.
The short-term rental Ordinance establishes an application process for owners to register their properties. Failing to register a rental property will invoke significant penalties from $1,000 – $5,000. The Ordinance requires owners to inform their renters of the various rules governing their stay in a rental, share with them a copy of the “Good Neighbor Brochure” provided by the City, post a City-issued Vacation Rental Certificate in a conspicuous place within the rental property, and provide a City-issued registration number on all advertisements for their rental properties.
Further, it requires the owner to provide the City a contact number for a “local contact person” designated by the owner to be available 24 hours per day, seven days a week, to respond within 45 minutes to any complaint or call regarding the property. That contact person must be 30 years of age or older.
Sets limits for the number of people in the rental property based on its number of bedrooms,
- Provides for a Special Permit for an event that would justify exceeding the number of allowable people on the premises,
- Stipulates no sound shall be audible outside the property between the hours of 10 PM and 1 PM, and
- Specifies fines for infractions of the rules as set forth in the Ordinance. Depending on the type of infraction and number of times it occurs, fines can be levied at $500 – $1,500.
If a Rancho Mirage homeowner wishes to rent his or her residential property for 27 days or fewer, the following actions are required:
- A $31.00 Rancho Mirage Business License must be secured from the City.
- A $100.00 Homeowners Application Form must be submitted and a permit secured for the rental property and posted at the property.
- The City Rules outlined in Vacation Rental Ordinance No. 1084 must be followed.
- A Home Owner Monthly Reporting and Tax Remittance Form must be submitted to the City.
- For all rentals a 10% Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) must be remitted to the City.
The TOT Ordinance No. 1096 for Operator-Payment duties (Itemization per property), required forms, and other pertinent information about the Vacation Rental Hotline and other subjects are available from the City’s website.
THE HOTLINE: (760) 833-7999
Information The City of Rancho Mirage established a Vacation Rental Hotline for residents to call when disturbances occur at short-term rental properties in the City. The anonymous Hotline provides residents a 24-hour-a-day service to report neighborhood disturbances. When personnel receive calls, they immediately contact the reported rental property’s listed Local Contact Person who, by law, is required to respond within 45 minutes or face significant fines. The Hotline will also call the sheriff if the Contact Person does not respond within the required amount of time.
However, when calling the Hotline one must understand no laws govern having fun in a pool during the daytime. Children’s laughter and happy exclamations do not constitute a reportable offence. Conversely, late night noise after 10:00 p.m. is unacceptable and should be reported. Outdoor amplified music emanating from a vacation rental property when the homeowner is not present is never allowed without a special permit, and should be reported immediately.
Calling the Hotline requires the reporting caller to have the exact address of the residence where the disturbance is occurring. Without being given the exact address of a disturbance, Hotline personnel cannot provide the caller assistance.