- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

DANVILLE, Calif. (AP) - A picturesque town in the San Ramon Valley has banned residents from operating short-term rentals.

The Contra Costa Times reports (http://bayareane.ws/1QIzNx2 ) that Danville’s town council voted 4-to-1 Tuesday to prohibit rentals of fewer than 30 days.

The town’s attorney said Danville has about 20 households that host through platforms such as Airbnb and VRBO.

Some residents argued they should be allowed to use their property as they want, but many more said they didn’t want Danville’s “small town” feel ruined by strangers.

Danville is about 30 miles east of San Francisco, where Airbnb spent more than $8 million last fall to defeat a ballot measure to further regulate the industry. Cities large and small are struggling with the issue of short-term rentals.

Danville has about 42,000 people.

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Information from: Contra Costa Times, http://www.contracostatimes.com

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