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According to the San Diego Union Tribune, the city's City Council repealed a referendum that placed new restrictions on short-term house rentals, but the future still remains cloudy for Airbnb and other house sharing platforms. The bone of contention is renting out private homes for periods of less than 30 days. "I was not elected to represent the interest of out-of-town investors and I will not let corporate interests with a lot of money to bully me into rescinding this ordinance," said Zapf, who represents the beach communities that have been most affected by vacation rentals. "I just feel we worked too hard on this issue. There is no guarantee a compromise will be reached any time soon or ever."

The now repealed regulations that were adopted in August would have barred the short-term rental of second homes but would have permitted the use of primary residences for short term stays six months out of the year.

While the council members were limited in what action they could take on Monday, many of those who addressed them pushed for speedy action on replacement regulations. The city legally has the option of adopting a new set of regulations within the next year, but those new rules would have to be substantially different from the ones that were repealed.

"Our communities cannot wait an indefinite period of time to bring this pressing issue to resolution," said La Jolla Town Council President Ann Kerr-Bache, who also heads a short-term vacation rental working group representing some 20 community groups. "We are prepared to immediately work with the city and all stakeholders to create legal, reasonable and improved ordinances that protect our communities"

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