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New Short-Term Rental Ordinance Draft Out

By David Graham-Caso, communications director for Councilman Mike Bonin

LOS ANGELES – After months of work and collaboration with neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles, the Department of City Planning today released a draft ordinance regulating short-term rentals in Los Angeles that will protect both affordable housing and neighborhoods while still allowing people to rent their primary residences for home-sharing.

Councilmember Mike Bonin and City Council President Herb Wesson, who originally proposed the regulations, applauded the draft ordinance.

“This draft ordinance proposes an enforceable system to protect affordable housing and our neighborhoods from rogue hotel operators, while still allowing people to make ends meet by sharing their primary residence,” said Bonin. “I appreciate the hard work of the planning staff and the input of hundreds of neighbors who helped get these smart regulations ready to be considered by the Planning Commission and City Council.”

“From the beginning we sought a solution that balanced the needs of neighborhoods while protecting the city’s affordable housing stock,” said Wesson. “Today we are a step closer to maximizing the L.A. tourist experience while allowing the city to use new transit-occupancy tax revenues to deliver constituent services.”

Under the proposed regulations, people who would like to offer their homes as short-term rentals would need to register as a host with the Department of City Planning, which would include signing up with the Department of Finance to pay Transient Occupancy Taxes to the City. Once registered, hosts would be required to include their registration number on all advertisements for the rental. This would prevent speculators from purchasing entire buildings, evicting tenants, and replacing scarce rental stock with de facto hotels.

Additionally, hosts would not be able to register properties that are under affordable housing covenants or the city’s rent stabilization ordinance, and hosts would only be allowed to register their primary residence for short-term rentals. Finally, hosts would only be allowed to rent their property for a maximum of 90 days a year.

“The draft ordinance establishes clear guidelines for how people can honestly homeshare,” said Bonin. “Even better, the registration process would make it very easy to know if a host is offering a short-term rental that is not allowed under the new rules, which will help the City enforce these new rules and protect affordable housing in our neighborhoods.”

Neighborhood character would also be protected by the draft ordinance, which would make hosts legally responsible for all nuisance violations by their guests. Violations of the ordinance would be a misdemeanor, and the draft outlines financial penalties for listing rentals without a valid registration number or listing a rental for more than 90 days in a year.

The draft ordinance would also place enforcement and reporting requirements on homesharing sites, which would help the City enforce the new rules. Sites would be required to actively prevent listings without a host registration number and they would need to provide a monthly inventory of rentals in the city.

The first public hearing to gather input on the ordinance is being scheduled for Saturday May 21st at 10am at the Deaton Auditorium (100 W 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012). The ordinance will then be considered by the City Planning Commission on June 23rd.

The ordinance can be found at:

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  1. […] example, even though I am pleased with the proposed draft ordinance to deal with the problem of short-term rentals, will the city apply adequate resources to assure compliance if the proposal becomes law? God knows […]

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