Short-term rentals are not allowed in the City of Villa Park. Advertising of short term rentals on sites such as Airbnb and VRBO is also prohibited. The City of Villa Park places a high priority to ensure violations of this city ordinance does not occur.
- Villa Park Municipal Code: Sec. 23-3.5. – Short–term rentals
- a. Prohibition. It shall be unlawful for any person to offer or make available for rent or to rent (by way of a rental agreement, lease, license or any other means, whether oral or written) for compensation or consideration a residential dwelling, a dwelling unit or a room in a dwelling for less than thirty (30) consecutive days. It shall be unlawful for any person to occupy a residential dwelling, a dwelling unit or a room in a dwelling for less than thirty (30) consecutive days pursuant to a rental agreement, lease, license or any other means, whether oral or written, for compensation or consideration.
- b. Advertising of short-term rentals prohibited. No person or entity shall maintain any advertisement of a short–term rental prohibited under section 23-3.5.(Ord. #2018-612, § 2)
What Can You Do?
If anyone is aware of any they can contact Villa Park City Hall at (714) 998-1500 or complete the Code Violation Complaint Form. Loud parties, illegally parked cars and illegal activity can be reported to the proper authorities. Airbnb and VRBO listings can also be reported on the respective rental profile pages of each listing.
People who rent these homes should be aware their rentals could be voided after rental and face close scrutiny of any additional city violations by both the city and nearby homeowners.
Villa Park Airbnb and VRBO Listings
Despite this city ordinance Villa Park homes can still be found listed on short term rental sites while the City pursues legal actions, including fines and prosecution against these violators. Often times the listings do not say Villa Park in order to avoid detection of the listings. Here are a few active Airbnb and VRBO listings.
- “Resort retreat villa W/ King bed and infinity Pool” Address: 18462 Villa Dr, Villa Park, CA 92861
- “Palm Springs Style Villa” Address: 18521 Jocotal Ave, Villa Park, CA 92861
- “ORANGE HILL MANSION W/ KING BED” Address: 18462 Villa Dr, Villa Park, CA 92861
All the above listings appear to be the same person or “host” who is listed as Cindy Jenkins or Bee and the company is listed as Skyline Group on Instagram.
Airbnb Profile “Hello, I am Bee! Welcome to my hosting profile. I have passions for traveling, food, outdoors, books, meditation. I am currently working at Pacific wholesale mortgage as a Loan Officer. I am on training and pursuing my license for real estate Agent. So ask me anything about real estate and mortgage in California. On my free time I’m an agent for Skylinegroup vacation rentals company – cars- villas- mansion- yatchs in California . I G page: skylinegroup2021 If you have any questions, send me a message and let’s chat !”
Villa Park Short Term Rental History
The Villa Park City Council voted 3-2 to ban short term rentals (less than 30 days) at the City Council meeting on July 24th, 2018. The ordinance shall become effective 30 days from the date passed. Voting for the ban were Vince Rossini, Robert Collacot and Robbie Pitts with Diana Fascenelli and Bill Nelson voting against.
At the meeting three people spoke against the ban that all had commercial interests in having STRs. These people included:
- A non-resident manager of a Villa Park STR.
- A Villa Park resident who rents her place as a bed and breakfast. She advocated an amendment for allowing STR’s where the resident is present while keeping the rest of the STR ban in place.
- The Pacific West Association of Realtors who speaks on behalf of their members however do not provide a publicly available internet list of who those members include. It was also unclear if local Villa Park realtors actually support this amendment based on selling points local realtors list on their sites:
- “Few rental properties and no multi family properties affords the city a very stable climate…” ~ Thomas Real Estate Group
- “Residents take pride in maintaining their beautiful small community…” ~ Seven Gables Real Estate
- “Approximately 91.6% of Villa Park homes are owned, compared to 6.1% rented…” ~ Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
One long time Villa Park resident who spoke advocated that Villa Park is a community of stable, single family homes that wants a safe, family friendly environment which STRs do not represent. Additionally, more residents contacted the Villa Park City Hall to express their support for the ban.
“If we have issues, let’s address them, but let’s not make laws and ordinances to restrict property rights. We took away rental rights last month, and now we’re taking this away” said Diana Fascenelli. This position comes off a previous decision where she voted against a permit to allow a homeowner to operate a family day care.
Read the full ordinance amendment here.
Short Term Rental Ban Voting Record (7/24/2018)
|Voting Item||Robert Collacott||Diana Fascinelli||Bill Nelson||Robbie Pitts||Vince Rossini|
|Draft Ordinance 2018-612||Yes||No||No||Yes||Yes|
Short Term Rental Pros and Cons for Homeowners
- An investor can make more money renting properties out by the day than by the month or year.
- Potential for home owners to earn supplemental income while on vacation.
- They are advertised online, and are rented out just like a motel.
- Potentially increases crime and public safety issues.
- Diminished property value for surrounding neighbors.
- Strangers, noises and other nuisances for neighbors who do not abide by the same common courtesies applied in their own permanent residences.
- No fire or safety measures.
- No parking limits.
- No regulation against large events or gatherings.
- Renters/Visitors may have no concern for neighbors.
- Rotation of strangers sleeping next door.
- Homes that could be available for rent or sale to local residents are instead being bought by investors for short term rental.
- Homes could be used for filming including adult filming.
Villa Park Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Ordinance
VP’s ADU law from 2005 was updated in April 2018 to require residents who have an auxiliary unit separate from their primary house to be required to live in one of them if one of the dwellings is a rental. The rental also must be offered for a minimum 30-day period meaning non short term rentals. Homeowners with just one house on their property are NOT required to live there, and can freely rent it out for any period of time.