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 on July 24th 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. However it is 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.
It was noted by Councilman Nelson that at least one STR owner has threatened litigation against the city if this is passed. Currently the City of Villa Park is aware of at least 8 known STR’s within the city limits of Villa Park.
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 rentals (STRs) are houses for rent in Villa Park right now. Short-term rentals, which are typically considered rentals of a residential property for a period of time less than 30 consecutive days, are currently NOT prohibited within Villa Park’s residential zoning districts. In fact, Villa Park is silent on STRs and there is no policy even governing STRs. This means that in Villa Park STRs do not need to register, apply for a business license nor pay any city taxes, they’re unregulated. Many other cities, including Anaheim, have enacted STR policies restricting short term rentals.
A quick search on VRBO STRs in Villa Park shows at least one home renting for over a $1,000/night on a regular basis. The property owners of this house are investors and do not live in the house. It is available for rent year round for up to 22 people a night.
What Can You Do?
Contact the Villa Park City Council and urge them to prohibit STRs and enact policies that protect Villa Park residents. Residents are also encouraged to attend the July 24, 2018 meeting to voice your concerns.
See the 2nd public hearing on this matter on July 24th, 2018 starting at 50:30.
See the 1st public hearing on this matter on June 26th, 2018 starting at 1:17:30.
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.
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 the 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.