LA Getting Ready to Drop the Hammer on Short Term Rentals and Non-Compliant Airbnbs

LA City Council seeks enforcement against illegal short-term rentals and non-compliant Airbnbs

shortrentalMCA study found a third of L.A.'s advertised short-term rental listings have been illegal since the ordinance went into effect

LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- The Los Angeles City Council approved a motion Friday aimed at strengthening enforcement of a city ordinance prohibiting unpermitted and non-compliant Airbnbs and other short-term rental operations.

The motion by Councilwoman Nithya Raman and Councilmen Bob Blumenfield, Mike Bonin and Paul Koretz instructed the Department of City Planning to report back within 90 days on:

 Recommendations for how the city can address non-compliant hosts who rent out properties listed as a primary residence but are not used as such, the conversion of affordable housing stock into short-term rentals, the conversion of multi-family residential structures to short-term rentals, short-term rentals engaging in commercial uses/activities, and properties that are rented for longer periods of time than permitted

·       Enforcement mechanisms such as citations, fines, license revocations and criminal penalties

·       Home sharing regulatory and enforcement models of other cities, including San Francisco, Austin and New Orleans

·       Strategies for ensuring all home-sharing platforms that operate within the city enter into platform agreements requiring them to share data with the city

·       Strategies for implementing and improving data collection

·       What staffing or dedicated unit, office or department is needed to consolidate various aspects of home sharing compliance and enforcement in one multidisciplinary team.

"In our city, we cannot afford the consequences of losing any more affordable housing units from a supply that is already in a desperate deficiency,'' Raman said. "Failing to fully and adequately enforce the Home-Sharing Ordinance means we are losing housing, subjecting tenants to displacement pressure, and inviting major nuisance and quality of life issues into our communities. [Friday's] vote is an essential step in our ongoing efforts to stabilize and protect our neighborhoods.''

A study from McGill University prepared for Better Neighbors L.A. found that one-third of the city's advertised short-term rental listings have been illegal since the home sharing ordinance went into effect in 2018.

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