“rules defend from chaos and whim”
New home-sharing regulations are in place for the City of Los Angeles today, changing the ways hosts from AirBnb and other rental platforms can book vacation stays and short term rentals. Starting today, hosts must register and pay a $89 fee to the city. Hosts can only register one property with the city at a time and the property must be their primary residence (where they live at least six months out of the year) Rentals are limited to a 120-day annual cap, and rent-stabilized units are no longer allowed to be used for home sharing-even if the host owns the unit. Enforcement of the regulations begin on November 1st, 2019.
Here is what hosts need to know:
- Hosts must register with the city planning department and pay a $89 fee. According to the city planning department, enforcement will begin November
- Only the host’s primary residence can be rented out, defined as the place where a host lives for at least six months per year.
- Renters cannot home-share without prior written approval of their landlord.
- Stabilized (aka “rent-controlled”) units are not eligible for home-sharing, even if you own, your own RSO unit.
- Hosts may not register for or operate more than one home-sharing rental unit at a time in the city.
- Hosts cannot home-share for more than 120 days in a calendar year, unless they have registered with the city for “extended home-sharing”
- The “extended home-sharing” option allows hosts to rent out residences for an unlimited number of days. To get approval for the city, hosts have to pay a
$850 fee. To qualify, they need to be registered with the city for at least six months or hosted for at least 60 days. Hosts who have received a citation in
the past 3 years will be disqualified, unless they pay a $5,660 fee to have their case reviewed.
- Non-residential buildings and temporary structures are not eligible for home sharing: that includes vehicles parked on the property as well as storage
sheds, trailers, yurts, and tents.
- Hosts are responsible for providing Code of Conduct to all guests with rules about amplified sounds and “evening outdoor congregations”
For additional information, you can contact: Home-Sharing Unit, Department of City Planning – Development Services Center 201 N. Figueroa Street, 5th Floor Los Angeles CA 90012. Tel # 213-202-5464.
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