Property Rights

Calif. City Bans Vacation Rentals

Seal Beach will decide how residents use their own property


SEAL BEACH – This beach town is banning future vacation rentals, effective immediately.

The City Council, on a 5-0 vote, agreed Monday night to prohibit property owners from renting out their homes or apartments for less than 30 days in the Old Town section of the city.

"It's time to cap them," said Councilwoman Ellery Deaton.

The council is scheduled to take a final vote Nov. 13, but to make sure the city does not open itself up to a flurry of new applications, the council voted unanimously to create an urgency ordinance banning any future rentals as of 9 p.m. Monday.