Founder’s Story

My name is Christel Prokay and I am a resident of Palm Desert. Because of my personal issues with Short Term Rentals, I was compelled to start a petition. My petition opposes Short Term Rentals in residential neighborhoods. For the last 8 months, four to six hours many days, I have walked the street in our city. I have interacted face to face with approximately 2400 home owners, residents, and long-term renters. Because of these interactions I have collected over 2000 signatures.

During my petition route, I made the following discoveries: 1) many residents feel frustrated, angry, and most of all powerless in dealing with short term rental issues such as loud noises, blasting music, overflowing trash cans, dog poop landing in their pool, parking problems, strangers coming and going in neighborhoods day and night. 2) a certain number of residents have severe short-term rental abuses; one resident is surrounded by three Short Term Rentals and because of constant loud noise and loud music, she has not been able to sleep for months, consequently it has affected her health. Another Short-Term Rental victim tells me she cannot sell her house due to the noise issue when interested buyers come to visit. Her reason why she is selling her house? Loud and disruptive parties, and physical threats after she had called code enforcement.

We already have 1288 Short Term Rentals operating in Palm Desert’s neighborhoods. Where does it stop? If the city does not stop short term rental abuse and continues to grant Short Term Rentals permits in residential neighborhoods desirable and safe neighborhoods will disappear only to be replaced by a transient population that do not support or benefit our residential communities. I do not know one Palm Desert resident who would willingly purchase residential property in a neighborhood of transients. Yet we are forced to accept these unsettling living arrangements. We are asked to live next door to unsupervised “Mini Hotels”, and then, as a result, we patrol our now undesirable neighborhoods instead of enjoying our homes. And when we are fed up? We will find a sanctuary in another city.

If you support Short Term Rentals, ask yourself this: Who will shop the local businesses, fill the churches and synagogues, attend our schools and participate in our local government? It certainly won’t be the “here today gone tomorrow’ crowd.