A look at the business of vacation rentals in Oceanside

OCEANSIDE — As the city continues to mull over how it will regulate short-term vacation rentals moving forward, The Coast News decided to take a look at how various people are doing business within that realm and how proposed regulations might affect them.

Longtime Oceanside resident Bill Batchelor owned and operated a vacation-rental business called Steps 2 the Sand that, at its peak, had 16 properties in the area. But he recently decided to merge with a much bigger player, Vacasa, which is the largest vacation-rental management company in North America.

Batchelor was drawn to the technology and resources that Vacasa, which manages about 11,000 properties worldwide, could bring to the table. For instance, he said that Vacasa is capable of coordinating bookings across 30-plus websites. As a smaller operator, he couldn’t pull off that level of advertising without running the risk of a disastrous double booking.

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