A short-term rental is considered a dwelling unit which is shared, in whole or in part, for temporary occupancy for periods of up to 30 consecutive days. This definition applies to all units (a whole home or just a room) listed on Airbnb, VRBO, and other platforms.
What are the rules/regulations for short-term rentals in the City of Temecula?
Short-term rentals are prohibited in the City of Temecula (TMC 17.06.030). The Temecula City Council voted to re-affirm the existing prohibition on January 14, 2020. Additionally, the City Council voted to increase the fine on prohibited short-term rentals to $1,000 per day.
When/why did the City change the rules?
The City did not change the rules. Short-term rentals were always prohibited in the City. The Temecula City Council voted to re-affirm the existing prohibition on January 14, 2020. Additionally, the City Council voted to increase the fine on prohibited short-term rentals to $1,000 per day. Some individuals/companies elected to operate short-term rentals knowing that they were prohibited, even after contacting the City. The City conducted a multi-year outreach campaign and held multiple hearings prior to the new fines being implemented.
How much can I be fined?
Up to $1,000 a day. Operators who continue to operate illegally may face legal action.
What about areas outside of the City?
Temecula Wine Country, De Luz, and other unincorporated areas of Riverside County are regulated by the County of Riverside. Information on the County of Riverside’s short-term rental regulations is available here.