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Officials tracking housing violations

Editor's note: this story was updated April 14 at 9:15 a.m. to correct an innacuracy.
Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
Code enforcement officers in the city and county are staying busy tracking complaints about illegal short-term rentals, non-permitted weddings and yurts.
The city of Ojai began enforcing its ban on short-terms rentals in June 2016.
“Although the city has been monitoring and working on several (short-term rental) cases, to date, only six properties have actually been cited,” said James Vega, assistant to City Manager Steve McClary. “The dollar amount of the fines levied total $37,000.”
Since enforcement began, city staff has issued 49 compliance letters and 13 cease-and-desist letters along with the six administrative citations, confirmed Vega.
Staff is monitoring 16 active short-term rental cases that require additional research before a citation can be issued, he said. Eight of those open cases involve active advertising for a short-term rental within the city limits.

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