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Short-Term Rentals Banned in Anaheim

The city council of Anaheim, California—home of Disneyland—has voted to ban the operation of all short-term rentals, which will have to shut down within the next 18 months. Given that the city is a popular tourist destination due to its proximity to Orange County theme parks and beaches, Anaheim has a slew of vacation rentals listed at sites such as Airbnb and HomeAway, which offer travelers a way of saving on accommodations via the "sharing economy." But residents say such properties are functioning as mini hotels in neighborhoods not zoned for them, and tourists are hogging parking spots, throwing noisy late-night parties, and leaving garbage on the streets.

The vacation-rental industry has faced similar complaints in several locations across the country. Just last month, the state legislature in New York passed its own ban. That bill now awaits action from the governor.