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While many hotels are open for business, an influx of travelers heading to the Coachella Valley is fueling an unexpected boost in summer demand for vacation rentals.

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Cathedral City is taking steps to phase out short-term vacation rentals after months of heated discussions between residents citing concerns about neighborhood disruptions and those who say permitted operations aren’t the problem.

The City Council on Wednesday directed city staff to move forward with a proposal to phase out short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods over two years, with exceptions for properties in homeowners’ associations and home-sharing rentals.

The city also is considering a slew of ordinance changes that would put stricter rules on the vacation rentals during the phase-out period and those that remain. Proposed changes include:

  • Increasing the fines for advertising or renting a short-term rental without a city permit to $5,000 for the first violation, $10,000 for a second