Cities Go On the Offensive: San Diego, Atlanta, La Quinta Among an Avalanche of Cities with New Regulations

Local municipal leaders are responsible for safety in their communities – whether it be law enforcement, firefighters, or even lifeguards. Residents expect those leaders to take action when something goes wrong. Unfortunately, the problem of parties at short term rental properties is growing, and constituents are pressuring their elected leaders to take action against operators.

In San Diego, the mayor signed an ordinance to cap the number of short-term rentals to 1% of the housing supply. The main challenge in implementing the ordinance is determining how the city should distribute the licenses. This new regulation will remove many short term rentals in popular neighborhoods and the question on everyone’s mind is “What will be the criteria to get the new license?” The law actually rewards ‘good actors’ who have not allow large parties or gatherings…meaning those who have been less diligent in managing parties will be at risk of losing their license.

Atlanta has seen a number of short-term rental shootings and unauthorized parties, and so the city is implementing new regulations to manage the short-term rental market. The pattern of neighborhood nuisance, complaints, and eventually tight regulation has repeated itself for several yearrs.


In the city of La Quinta, in Coachella Valley, complaints about large disruptive gatherings, parties, and noise are significant. To solve their issue, La Quinta City looked at different technologies – including Party Squasher – and decided to conduct a pilot trying out these solutions to mitigate the problem party.

As the short-term vacation rental industry grows, more and more attention will be paid to how we interact with our communities. City leaders will increasingly expect owners and operators to do their part in protecting peace and supporting neighbors. Party Squasher solutions help protect neighborhoods and demonstrates that you are one of the ‘good actors’ who can be counted on to improve, rather than damage, communities.

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