Protect Palm Desert Neighborhoods

STRs in our Neighborhood


By a 3-2 vote, Council approved the ordinance restricting STRs in residential areas on December 14th, 2017.

Short-term rentals will no longer be allowed in R-1 and R-2 neighborhoods, with the exception of owner-occupied STRs, meaning the owner is present during the rental. No new permits will be issued in these neighborhoods. Existing STRs in these residential zones will be phased out by December 31, 2019. The new ordinance went into effect on January 13, 2018.

Short-Term Rental Ordinance

Click here to read the City of Palm Desert’s Short Term Rental Ordinance

Please report problems to code enforcement.
Palm Desert Short-Term Rental Hotline:
(760) 346-0611   After hours: (760) 833-7998

Effects of Short-Term Rentals (STRs) in Residential Neighborhoods

Negatives for Residents:

Low Property Values
STRs in the neighborhood decreases property value. When selling your home, it is ethical to disclose neighboring short-term rentals to the buyer. Many full-time residents will not consider purchasing a house in STR neighborhoods.

Health Issues – Mental and Physical

Constant disruptive parties cause sleepless nights, hypertension, migraines, adrenal fatigue, and other stress-induced illnesses.

Safety Issues
Renters come and go at all hours, often mistreating the property and causing damage. Some residents have experienced physical threats after contacting code enforcement.

Parking Issues
Cars congest our neighborhoods and interfere with parking, mail delivery, and trash pickup.

Neighborhood Pollution
Overflowing trash, dog feces thrown in neighbors’ pools, indecent exposure, looting.

Residential Zoning at Risk
Our residential R-1 and R-2 zones are being infiltrated by commercial businesses. The city’s master plan is being changed without public consent.

Lost Revenue
STRs reroute business away from existing hotels and permitted rentals.

Community Issues
Short-term renters do not participate in local charities, schools, theaters, churches, and synagogues. They are not community members.

Local Government Issues
The STR hotline and code enforcement has not been effective. Hiring code enforcement officials creates undue tax burdens on the citizens of Palm Desert.

Exploitative Profits:

Many STR owners have multiple units. One corporation has nearly 100 short-term rentals in Palm Desert. It’s worth noting most STR owners live out of town. They do not vote for our city officials.

City Revenues from STRs
According to one city official, Palm Desert is not dependent on this revenue.

Both Sides of the Issue STR investors turn large profits. The city collects revenue from STRs. The real cost: our entire community suffers. Our quality of life and well-being is threatened. We expect our elected leaders to represent the best interests of residents, not short-term rentals.

Click here to open a PDF showing STRs located in Palm Desert.

What Happens in Other Cities and Around the World
The view of the California Supreme Court
“Transient rentals . . . undoubtedly affect the essential character of a neighborhood and the stability of a community. Short-term tenants have little interest in public agencies or in the welfare of the citizenry. They do not participate in local government, coach Little League, or join the hospital guild. They do not lead a scout troop, volunteer at the library, or keep an eye on an elderly neighbor. Literally, they are here today and gone tomorrow without engaging in the sort of activities that weld and strengthen a community.”