Short-term rentals (STRs) are houses 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.
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.