sonoma county rental laws

Sonoma County is instituting new regulations on vacation rentals. Is your property affected? We can help you figure it out!

What’s changing?

Effective January 1, 2018 any home permitted as a Sonoma County vacation rental must be managed by a certified property manager who is located within 30 miles of the rental.

The person or business serving as the property manager or 24-hour contact (that includes any homeowner who is self-managing their rental) must take the online course and pass the certification test.

This change applies to all vacation rentals in Sonoma County outside of the Coastal zone.

What do I need to do if I manage my own rental property?

You’ll need to take the course and pass the test to get certified and confirm that you are located within 30 miles of your rental during all guest stays. Otherwise, your home’s rental permit can be revoked beginning January 1.

Any new vacation rentals will also need to follow this process in order to receive a rental permit.

What if I’m working with a management company already?

Your management company is likely aware of the changes and has already taken the necessary steps to ensure your home is in compliance—but it doesn’t hurt to double-check!

What if I cannot meet the new Sonoma County rental laws?

If you don’t live within 30 miles of your rental property, or don’t want to get certified as a property manager, you can work with a local management company like us! Just make sure to sign up before January 1, 2018.

Our local Sonoma County vacation rental management team is always up to date on the latest regulations and permit requirements—so you don’t have to be. We’re available around the clock for your home and your guests, and we even offer a revenue guarantee to match your previous rental income (while we do all the work).

Questions? Our local Sonoma County specialist Nicole Layman can share more information about the new Sonoma County rental laws, how your home may be affected, and how Vacasa can help.

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Vacasa provides comprehensive vacation rental management services to make owners more money with less stress.