Sonoma County halts short-term stays like Airbnb, Vrbo amid flood in demand

Potential short-term rental-stay hosts via platforms like Airbnb and Vrbo are temporarily out of luck in certain unincorporated areas of Sonoma County as a 45-day moratorium on new permits for these vacation rentals was passed on Tuesday after a spate of requests for new applications over the past two months. Wine Country has been a hot spot for vacationers across California during the pandemic seeking the natural surroundings or taking advantage of flexible office work policies, leading the region's luxury resorts to booming occupancy and record property valuations. Similarly, short-term stay-at-home stays via Airbnb and other platforms have skyrocketed in Sonoma County, up 500% in the past two months since officials proposed broader rules on the practice, taking effect by the end of the year could.

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