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California Legislature


September 17, 2015 (916) 319-2072

Assemblyman Travis Allen Stands in Support of Homeowners and Property Rights
In response to Santa Ana’s moratorium on short-term rentals like those arranged through Airbnb

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) released the following statement expressing support for homeowner and property rights against government overreach and stifling of California’s revolutionary tech industry.

“Tech platforms created here in California, such as Airbnb, have changed the way we travel, the way families make ends meet, and the way we connect to the world around us,” said Assemblyman Travis Allen. “The agenda to stifle our local homeowner’s rights, most recently evident through the ‘study’ moratorium in Santa Ana, is a brazen attempt to tell individuals what they can and can’t do with their personal property through overregulation.”

On Tuesday, City Council members in Santa Ana unanimously passed an ordinance to temporarily ban short-term rentals like those arranged through Airbnb. During the temporary ban, city staff are expected to conduct a zoning study for a possible permanent ordinance regulating short-term rentals. Independent administrative hearing officer Barbara Echan issued a ruling on August 27, 2015, stating that current Santa Ana Municipal Code does not prohibit short-term rentals. This may be considered at the Oct. 20 City Council meeting.

“These short-term rentals have created an economic engine, founded on California’s tech sector, that provides unmatched benefits for our residents and communities,” stated Assemblyman Travis Allen. “As we have seen in other areas of the state, this is an attempt to go city by city to ban these safe and innovative economic opportunities. All of the residents of Orange County should call on Santa Ana to protect individual property rights and an industry that is an important part of our local and state economy.”

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