San Diego City Councilman Chris Cate.

With San Diego homeowners potentially needing permits costing thousands to offer short-term room rentals, City Councilman Chris Cate said Thursday he seeking a change in the city code.

“I feel that every property owner should have the option to rent all or a portion of their home on a short-term basis,” Cate said.

Last week, an administrative law judge ruled that owner-occupied residential room rentals are illegal without a homeowner paying $5,000 to $10,000 for a city permit.

Cate said the rules are ambiguous and must be clarified to allow individuals to rent their properties for 30 days or less through platforms such as AirBnB, HomeAway and VRBO.

On March 2, Cate sent a memo to the City’s Smart Growth & Land Use Committee outlining proposed municipal code changes regarding short-term vacation rentals in light of today’s sharing economy.

Cate, the newest member of the City Council, represents Clairemont Mesa, Kearny Mesa, Mira Mesa, Miramar, Park Village and Sorrento Valley.

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