Our Stories

10/26/2017
“Have had neighbors rent out their homes on weekends and holiday’s. The music, noise, yelling and screaming is making us consider moving out of The Grove.”
–Palm Desert resident

10/25/2017
“We live in the beautiful Coachella Valley for quality of life. Short term rentals negatively impact our lives. Please respect your residents and taxpayers.”
–Palm Desert resident

10/22/2017
“We are experiencing the loud parties at all hours, the 8-9 cars in the driveway and street, the speeding vehicles up and down our street, the different faces at these houses every weekend, and all hours of the day and night. We have Neighborhood Watch, but this is ineffective and useless with the constantly changing faces……
Code Enforcement has driven by, and even talked to the occupants, yet it continues to be a problem, as they are’nt the owners, who are never there.
This used to be a “”Family”” neighborhood….but that is rapidly changing, thanks to these “”weekend”” party houses !”
–Palm Desert resident

10/21/2017
“I wish that our city council would put this on the ballot for Palm Desert residents to vote on, I personally have seen people coming and going, and taking up parking places. When there is a lot of cars not knowing where they are on a regular base there is a greater likely hood that they could strike the kids playing on the street, skateboarding , and riding their bike. Also, the majority of us are over 50 years old and want it peaceful and quiet….Lastly, we don’t want our property to devaluate because of rentals, for many buyers would never buy a house that is next to one…I wouldn’t.”
–Palm Desert resident

10/20/2017
“We have a STR next door to us and it’s miserable. We have had as many as 8 vehicles in the driveway, blocking the sidewalk and our driveway, and in front of our home. The partying goes on until 3:00 am on many occasions. When we have confronted the owners, they lie and tell us it’s just some family members visiting for the weekend.”
–Palm Desert resident

10/20/2017
“I am a property owner and resident of Palm Desert since 2002. We chose to live on Haystack Rd because of its mountain views, proximity to work and shopping, and most of all because of its friendly neighbors who look out for each other. Unfortunately, the warmth and security of our neighborhood has eroded over the years due to short term renters. Trash is left in driveways for weeks until property managers or owners come to remove it, multiple cars are parked in driveways and on the street, and most of these weekenders come to party – loudly and noisily into the night. All of this causes me to question the purpose of the very existence of our city. Given that city council and city staff seem to value the bed tax, even though some of these rental properties are not licensed and therefore do not pay the city tax, I would say that resident property owners’ rights are not valued. Keep in mind we can change who we next trust to manage our city.”
–Palm Desert resident

10/19/2017
“live in an association community. When we get short term rentals a weekend, a week, we have many problems. These people don’t know the rule or just choose to ignore the rules. Not locking the pool gate, glasses in the pool area, using the pool after closing time of 11pm, parties past 11pm, cars parked cattywampus, blocking driveways and just a feeling you are not at your home, but rather staying at a motel. Longer stays,e.g. 30 days do not have as many problems, as you can speak to the people once a month and they usually comply and they are usually are not the party animal type. We also have an aggressive HOA which has a sequential policy of letter, appear before the board, a fine, a double fine, lien on the property which takes time but makes the owner a believe that there are ramifications.”
–Palm Desert resident

10/19/2017
“We have been proud Pam Desert residents since 2005. Proud because our city has been the best run, best managed , cleanest in the Coachella Valley. Now we will have pot palaces through our City for no common good and are threatened with a Palm Springs lifestyle with increased, unneeded homes in residences zoned for single family residences. Please stop it! I have previously had confidence in our elected City Council. Please maintain that faith.”
–Palm Desert resident

10/19/2017
“Beside the usual noise, traffic, parking, loud music, mail boxes blocked from mail delivery The City allows up to 7 bedrooms for short term rentals, with an occupancy of 14. Which means 20 people on a weekend, This is a small hotel, and way above what should be allowed in Palm Desert. The out of town owner, enclosed the garage for more occupancy.
A total “”cash cow”” We are “”totally opposed”” to short term rentals, due to the experiences we have put up from these rentals.”
–Palm Desert resident

10/19/2017
“We had one next to us and the cars were coming and going frequently, parked opposing traffic I,e, on wrong side of street. The backyard activity was also loud with profanities being yelled during a basketball contest from a temporary hoop that was installed.”
–Palm Desert resident

10/18/2017
“Previously I lived in a neighboring city that allowed short term rentals and experienced, first hand, the eroding of property values as a result.”
–Palm Desert resident

10/18/2017
“Please stop short term rentals in my neighborhood. Police have been called twice from rowdy/noisy short term renters. Thank you.”
–Palm Desert resident

10/18/2017
“Of particular concern is the condo project with 61 condos to be built on the former Executive 9 Hole Course for the Palm Desert Country Club. This could become a prolific STR property, “Airbnb’d” to the max unless STRs are prohibited by the City and/or in the CC&Rs.”
–Palm Desert resident

10/15/2017
“I had been living in Palm Springs for 9 years when my lovely neighbors passed away and their children turned their home into a STR – then the neighbor behind me sold his house and the new owners turned that house into STR – there was so much noise and cars and disruption I sold my house and moved out of state feeling that there might not be any place in the desert to live quietly – I ended up moving back to the desert last year for family reasons and chose Palm Desert as I thought it was more aggressive in curbing STR than Palm Springs had (I complained to everyone in Palm Springs to no avail – any by the way, I LOVED MY HOUSE AND NEIGHBORS – I did not voluntarily leave but felt I had no choice) – I am appalled at the proliferation of STR’s in Palm Desert.”
–Palm Desert resident

10/15/2017
“The Short term rentals have no consideration for other residents.They come to party all night and they lack any decency to respect the neighborhood in which people live.They are a nuisance that bring down the quality of living in Palm Desert.The Hotels in the area have rules for their customers that are enforced Short Term Rentals Have No Rules.”
–Palm Desert resident

10/13/2017
“We moved to Palm Desert for the peace and tranquility of the community. If we wanted noise and loud parties we would have stayed in LA.”
–Palm Desert resident

10/13/2017
“I moved to my current home last year to have a safer neighborhood for my 2 small children. I wasn’t aware that the house next door to my new home was a short term rental. I love where I live, but now next door, they have multiple outdoor parties & people whooping & screaming next to my kids windows at night on weekends. It’s a disruptive nuisance that I have been forced to deal with in an otherwise extremely quiet neighborhood.”
–Palm Desert resident

10/13/2017
“I have a short term rental across the street. I’ve had to complain several times to code enforcement for various violations. They’ve park in front of my mail box and my mail doesn’t get delivered. They’ve used my trash cans. They’ve thrown beer bottles over my fence. They’ve had more people than allowed staying at the property. My neighbor has called the police on several occasions because they’ve been in the pool partying at midnight on a weekday.”
–Palm Desert resident

10/8/2017
“Uncontrolled, this will force me to leave Palm Desert.”
–Palm Desert resident

10/5/2017
“2 homes (next door to each other) on Juniper street are both vacation rentals. It is not someones permanent home that they rent out. No one lives there only short term renters. Not good for our neighborhood.”
–Palm Desert resident

10/4/2017
“I grew up here, & after 32 years in San Francisco, I had the blessing of one, inheriting the home I grew up in after my folks passed a few years ago, & now I have moved back permanently. ergo, it is of the utmost importance for me personally to continue to steward (that is how I see it!) this most special of neighborhoods. This world of instant gratification I am afraid is showing up here; as a lot of the STR are being sought after by younger folk. clearly NOT ALWAYS, but often. there are many other hoods they can go to.”
–Palm Desert resident

9/29/2017
“For all practical purposes, we live next to a hotel. We have new “neighbors” almost every weekend. They party outside in the pool and jacuzzi late into the night. They scream drunken obscenities and play loud music. They spent a lot of money to “party”” and they have absolutely no incentive to be polite or respectful. I have afterhours code endorsement on speed dial. They don’t respond quickly and often don’t even answer the phone. The people who support short term rentals don’t have to live next to one.”
–Palm Desert resident

9/28/2017
“Must stop the outrageous noise and disturbances associated with this practice.”
–Palm Desert resident

9/27/2017
“I am hotel owner, but even if I was not own the hotel I’m against primary home owner doing business with primary home at Palm Desert.
I own house at Palm Desert also and I like quite neighborhood.”
–Palm Desert resident

9/27/2017
“Short term rentals destroy our property values, create unwanted chaos (loud noise, excessive vehicle parking on our streets, and general disturbing of our peaceful neighborhoods) Should not be allowed in Palm Desert”
–Palm Desert resident

9/20/17
“We need to protect our hotels, our neighborhoods and our city’s tax base from hotels!!”
–Palm Desert resident

9/16/17
“The home next door to us was converted to a short-term rental almost a year ago. It’s been the worst year imaginable! Our peaceful and quiet corner of Palm Desert has been invaded by a revolving door of noisy and inconsiderate strangers. We feel like prisoners in our own home, chased indoors by the loud music, and even louder guests next door. Frequently, both the lyrics and the guests’ language is vulgar beyond belief. There really is no escape. Even with all the doors and windows closed, we can still hear the assault. We have had to call the Palm Desert hotline and the Sheriff’s Department many, many times to address loud noise from this rental property late into the night. Our neighbors on the other side have already decided to sell their home and move away, due in large part to the situation next door. We have lived in this neighborhood for several decades, but are seriously thinking about moving away also. The short term rental next door to us has absolutely destroyed our quality of life. The City of Palm Desert should be ashamed for allowing this to happen.”
–Palm Desert resident

9/16/17
“A four bedrooms house owned by a family, gets rented every weekend, and any Holidays…. Including Coachella events.
The house renters are young. This last week was rented for two nights, five cars parked in driveway and street. They party at any time of the day, obscene music, screaming and yelling is what we endure. There’s no peace in those times for us and neighbors.”
–Palm Desert resident

9/14/17
“Short term rentals should never be allowed in our area. It was never intended to have strangers inhabit our land.”
–Palm Desert resident

9/13/17
“These rentals are a nuicance and will lower our property value and have to be disclosed if you try to sell your home. We have one in our culdesac and the rental company frequently rent it out to “party animals”. My husband services the pool after they leave and he finds the pool in swamp-like condition and a mess of trash around the whole property, and even a fire started there once and singed the wall not to mention theft of the contents of the furnished home. The screaming during the night, canon balls in the pool, and loud music are quite the nuisance.”
–Palm Desert resident

9/11/2017
“I support limiting short term rentals in my neighborhood and in my HOA. We need the City of Palm Desert to pass an ordinance and provide enforcement support. Does Palm Desert have a reporting process similar to the one Palm Springs regarding reports made to the city and the action taken. It would be good to have these reports and actions on record and accessible. Check out the PS weekly reports at this link.

http://www.palmsprings-ca.gov/government/departments/finance-treasury/vacation-rental-department-reports”

9/11/2017
“I own rental properties in PD and refuse any STR less than 30 days. Fully aware of how STR’s can destroy a neighborhood.
–Palm Desert resident

9/11/2017
“I own four properties in Palm Desert, three of which are long term full time rentals. I live in Venice Beach and see what has happened in neighborhoods accommodating short term rentals. People have asked me why I don’t rent on a short term basis and make a lot more money. My response is: I CARE ABOUT MY PROPERTY AND MY NEIGHBORS AND NEIGHBORHOOD ALL OF WHICH ARE WORTH MORE THAN THE EXTRA MONEY AND HASSLE SHORT TERM RENTALS PROVIDE.”
–Palm Desert resident

9/11/2017
“I want to support my long term neighbors who have endured problems with the STR’s they are directly next to or directly behind.”
–Palm Desert resident

9/11/2017
“3AM and the sounds of “house of the rising sun” bellows from pool-side speakers aside the shrieks, laughter, glass breaking from the backyard that sits slightly above and behind my house. I’m in a small gated community and asking myself if it’s too late to pull out of the escrow I’ve just begun with my lease-option residence. After exploring the country for a place to set roots and settling on Palm desert I wonder now if I’ve made a mistake. My peaceful palm desert locale by day has turned into a vegas strip by nite. Oh gawd, what have I done???”
–Palm Desert resident

9/11/2017
“No party houses in South Palm Desert. There is already enough noise from the El Paseo events and the event(s) on top of the parking structure at the mall which blast all over the neighborhoods.

18 days of rental pr year does not make a unit/house a “”Short Term Rental””….one weekend does! thank you.

If you want to accommodate this kind of resort hotel use, Specify a NEW ZONE in the North end of the city for party house neighborhoods.”
–Palm Desert resident

9/11/2017
“Too much traffic coming going EVERY WEEKend past 3 plus months numerous cars parked making backing out onto my street difficult.”
–Palm Desert resident

9/10/2017
“Short Term Rentals are commercial businesses that require city business permits and collect sales taxes. As a commercial business, Short Term Rentals should NOT be allowed to operate in neighborhoods that are zoned for residential use only. The city of Palm Desert should enforce existing zoning rules and regulations to protect the quiet enjoyment of the residents who live in those residential neighborhoods.”
–Palm Desert resident

9/8/2017
“I live here with THREE of my small children, the unsafe driving and shady short term renters is of great concern to us.”
–Palm Desert resident

9/8/2017
“Can we get a list of permitted houses to insure those in our neighborhood are legal.
Also, which Realtors are benefiting from this new enterprise?”
–Palm Desert resident

9/8/2017
“How about blasting rap music, with every conceivable obsenity, at 7 am”
–Palm Desert resident

9/7/2017
“THROUGH THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS AN INCREASE TO FIVE SHORT-TERM RENTALS WITH A NEW ONE JUST BEING ADDED (WEEKEND PARTY HOUSES)-LOUD DRUM-BEAT NON MELODIC “”MUSIC””?? WEE SMALL HOURS OF THE MORNING-NOT SINATRA’S VERSION–AN EXCESSIVE NUMBER OF VEHICLES PARKED (SOME WITH EXPIRED LICENSE PLATES) ON STREETS AND DRIVEWAYS WHICH BRINGS ME TO BEEF NUMBER 2, I HAD A PROBLEM GETTING TO 10:AM CHURCH ONE SUNDAY MORNING BECAUSE OF AN UNKNOWN CAR BLOCKING MY DRIVEWAY?? WHILE I REALIZE THESE RENTERS HAVE NO DOUBT PAID TOP DOLLARS WE- (THE RESIDENTS) FEEL UNSAFE/UNEASY WITH-FLY-BY NIGHT TRANSIENTS EVERY OTHER WEEKEND??? BEEF NUMBER 3 LARGE FULL GARBAGE CONTAINERS MISSED MONDAY MORNING PICK-UP LEFT FOR SEVERAL DAYS AND EMANATING FOUL ODORS AND ATTRACTING FLIES!! I WOULD LIKE TO ADD THAT CODE ENFORCEMENT HAVE BEEN HELPFUL AND EXPLAINED THAT A MORATORIUM HAD BEEN PLACED BUT DOES NOT SEEM SO-‘COZ THE BEAT GOES ON–
NOW THAT’S ENOUGH BEEF. FROM ME FOR A BIG FAT STEW!!
N.B.-3 OF MY ADJACENT NEIGHBORS ARE CANADIANS WHO ONLY SPEND THEIR WINTER MONTHS IN P.D.-NOV-MARCH -THEREFORE THEY ARE NOT YET COGNIZANT OF THE MANY SHORT-TERM RENTAL HAZARDS.-I DOUBT THERE ARE NON-SMOKING SIGNS???”
–Palm Desert resident

9/7/2017
“My wife and I currently live next door to a short term rental property. It has been close to a year now.
It is especially bad during the season – Coachella, OldChella, Stagecoach, etc., all bring a housefull of partiers. But even during the Summer months, there will be people there every weekend, at least.

There is a pool at the house, so typically, there is a pool party, screaming, obscenities, drinking, loud music (also frequently obscene rap music), and this will often continue past 10pm, the cut off time for renters to be quiet. We have called the City of PD rental hotline well over a dozen times. We have had to actually contact the Sheriff about half a dozen times – that’s how bad it gets.

We have contacted, and had responses from Code Compliance members, as well as the City Council people. But, until something is done to legally shut these renters down, the problem will continue. Half measures are not going to work.

You folks are doing a great job with this site. I had never heard of it before. I saw it mentioned on the news yesterday. I am looking forward to getting one of your signs sign and putting it out for all to see.”
–Palm Desert resident

9/7/2017
“Had a night mare rental next to us. Occupants stole cars from tennis stadium. Paid with stolen credit card. Many other stays with loud music, over the limit of people. Drinking.dope use, many cars, all this in violation of our ordinance. I started sending pictures to owner and rentals stopped after his property was destroyed.”
–Palm Desert resident

9/7/2017
“Last summer there was a house rented (2 houses away from ours) for a long weekend. Of course we knew it was a weekend rental as there were multiple cars parked in the driveway and on the street, interesting because they were all high end (BMW’s, MB’s, Range Rovers, Porche) coming and going day and night. Seems the “renters” were distributing illegal drugs from the house. There was a body guard/bouncer at the door and head guy in the house authorizing access. In addition, to the drug distribution there were ladies servicing the various clients coming to the house…loud music, illicit activity and an unsavory clientele was very disturbing. This in not first time or the last time and nothing is being done to stop it. Of course there was no one to call, property manager or owner and the police/code enforcement never responded. I certainly don’t want this in my neighborhood.
–Palm Desert resident

9/6/2017
“Hotels would NOT put up what the neighbors are going through!!! Please protect our community!! PLEASE”
–Palm Desert resident

9/6/2017
“We live in a lovely neighborhood raising a family with three kids. We need a safe neighborhood that takes care of the family value as opposed to short term rentals opening up the door for late night parties by short time renters. We are here to stay, we so appreciate our great neighborhood and our neighbors that have been here for many years. Please don’t allow our neighborhood to be destroyed while investors make money renting out on a short term basis and allowing the quality of our wonderful neighborhood decrease.”
–Palm Desert resident

9/5/2017
“I oppose short term rentals in residential neighborhoods – while I recognize the property owner’s right to their own property, they should not be running a “”business”” out of a residential neighborhood, that’s not what our properties are zoned for. They are running a hotel business and hotels are not allowed in a 1-4 single family zoned area.

At the very LEAST, they should not be allowed to have a rental less than 30 days minimum. Coronado and other cities have implemented this minimum.

My last question, is the city required to report these rentals to the IRS/FTB – my guess is property owners are not claiming the rental income on a wide basis.”
–Palm Desert resident

9/1/2017
“We have been negatively effected by a house behind our backyard that was purchased for the purpose of renting out short term. We found out that the city changed the STR minimum stay without resident input a few years after we moved here in 2008. We have renters that come for weekends. These short stays attract party types who play loud outdoor music for hours and hours. The city has not been able to properly control the behavior of the renters and the police are also not equipped to deal with this since the renters often turn the music back up and soon as the officer leaves. Commercial business do not belong in our residential zoned neighborhoods.”
–Palm Desert resident

8/31/2017
“I live in a neighborhood I thought was away from commercial development. I am behind private gates at Venencia on Portola. I paid a premium for my house to be in an area that was quiet and secluded from the noise of commercial parking lot people moving in and out and all the combustion that comes along with having a rental.

If someone wants to have the short term rental buy into a multi-purpose zoned area, the cities have developed multi-purpose zoned areas in which you can do this. This is definitely the purpose of our zoning department in our city of Palm Desert why is the city along people to in fear with my pursuit of happiness.”
–Palm Desert resident

8/30/2017
“My neighbor has his house on VRBO for short term rentals. I feel like I live beside a Marriott. Loud noises, loud music, parties, no privacy, and multiple cars on driveway and street. There is no peace or enjoyment of our place at all.

I listed my place on VRBO because I had to leave the state for a few months. I now realize that my neighbors were unhappy and my house got abused. Also living beside a short term rental home, I now realize it simply is not fair to the rest of the neighborhood. It simply was not worth it. People who buy homes in our community shouldn’t use short term rentals to finance their place. That’s what lenders are for.”
–Palm Desert resident

8/28/2017
“Constant Noise,
Rentals Generate 5 to 10 times the Vehicular Traffic a Resident does.
Fights, Loud Music, Drinking, Doors slamming at all hours of the Day and Night.
Much More Police and Fire activity.
I am a long term Resident of Palm Desert.
I did considerable research to find a Quiet area.
Now its My responsibility to get up at all Hours of the Night to Supervise someone elses Business, Unbelievable.
I feel like I have no Voice.
The City is not Protecting Its Residents.”
–Palm Desert resident

8/22/2017
“I retired to Palm Desert four years ago. I purchased a small condo in a great neighborhood and a seemingly great complex and remodeled it to accommodate my disabilities. I knew the HOA allowed short-term rentals, but I had no idea what that results in. Wow, was I in for a surprise. Half my complex is used as short-term rentals and no one was registered or following any rules. Car damage, drugs, prostitutes, drunks, loud arguments, people coming and going at all hours. No community of neighbors. Just awful. The HOA didn’t seem to care and told me there is nothing I can do about it. Last year I discovered there were short-term rental ordinances, and I complained to the City. No one tells me anything but apparently something was done because everything greatly improved. They had been packing them into these units. Six, seven people in a studio. Now occupancy is within legal limits. Rentals are far less and of a better quality. It is a much better place to live. I tell this to show that rules, even the meager ones that are in place, do improve the situation. I would prefer to have no short-term rentals as they are destructive to neighborhoods. The revenue for the City is not worth the cost to the neighborhood. If we have to have short-term rentals, then make stringent rules. Bottom line is we have hotels for short-term rentals and that is where they should remain. Residential neighborhoods are for residents.”
–Palm Desert resident

8/22/2017
“I oppose STR’s in My Palm Desert neighborhood. As a homeowner I want a neighborhood filled with families that are long term. The allowance of these rentals is very frustrating as most of the renters do not respect the people who live here and pay taxes. Loud music, speeding cars, late night arrivals and departures as well as drunken partiers that urinate in the street. Stop this now.”
–Palm Desert resident

8/22/2017
“We totally oppose short term rentals in our community. Hotels were constructed in commercial areas precisely for that purpose. Allowing STR’s is akin to opening an airport in our community and suddenly finding yourself under the flight path. You have no control over either situation and that is even more frustrating and stressful than the noise. Someone has to consider that our hopes and dreams for retirement in a beautiful, quiet neighbourhood means everything to us. Please do not proceed.”
–Palm Desert resident

8/20/2017
“Short term rentals should be Illegal in the city of Palm Desert and the city should ban all vacation rentals.
I feel very unsafe in my home because of the type and amount of people (I’ve counted 20 plus at a time) coming and going at all hours of the day and night. The noise is out of control. They not only park cars everywhere, they also park them on the side walk and on the front yard. They have also thrash up the street. This is going on in the home next door to me and other homes on my street. The city leaders need to step up and correct the situation. It can’t always be about the money. My property is being devalued because some homeowners don’t care what happens to our neighborhoods as long as they can cash in. Put a stop to it Palm Desert!”
–Palm Desert resident

8/19/2017
“Not only short-term rentals can (and will) disfigure residential neighborhoods but they also negatively impact property value. It does not take long for a neighborhood to lose its appeal to families. Once short-term rentals gain momentum, the only strong demand for local homes comes from small investors looking to make a few dollars flipping distressed homes after a quick fix-up job. Nothing better to discourage potential new residents from looking and buying there, further depressing charm, privacy, security, stability, attraction and ….. prices.”
–Palm Desert resident

8/19/2017
“This is attracting an unsavory element in our Family park. They speed through here. Sneek in the exit gates. Blast their music day &. Ivy with no consideration for the full time residents. I had to be approved to move into This park & I have to abide by the CC&R rules, but it’s OK for them to come in here and raise hell & make the full time residents miserable?
Enough is enough!”
–Palm Desert resident

8/9/2017
“My husband and I have lived in Palm Desert 5 years. We left Orange County to enjoy the peace and beauty of the desert. I do not begrudge anyone for wanting to visit – we were visitors once ourselves! However, we would not choose to live in a commercial area, and are concerned our neighborhood will become just that. Like many, our home is our biggest investment. We do not want it threatened by short term rental properties that devalue our neighborhoods through lowered property values, over use of valuable resources, (water, gas and electricity) and the loss of the peace and tranquility that brought us here.”
–Palm Desert resident