Home Sharing Registration Expected to Begin July 1st

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On July 1, 2019, the Los Angeles home sharing application process will begin. Below is a statement from Councilmember Paul Koretz on short-term rentals.

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Beginning July 1st, hosts will be able to start registering for home-sharing in the City of Los Angeles. 

Hosts who are currently operating will have until October 31, 2019, to register before the City begins enforcement. Hosts can register at any time during the July 1 to October 31, 2019, period.

In December 2018, the City Council adopted the Home-Sharing Ordinance (CF 14-1635-S2), establishing a regulatory framework to restrict short-term rentals to one's primary residence, in order to prevent the wholesale conversation of homes into rental properties. The Home-Sharing Ordinance requires hosts who wish to engage in short-term rentals to register with the City and post their registration number on all advertisements. Hosts must adhere to all requirements and must use the online portal to register.  The portal will be accessible via the City Planning Department website at http://planning.lacity.org/, where complete information on the ordinance can also be found.

Enforcement
The Home-Sharing Ordinance prohibits any listing of a short-term rental without a valid home-sharing registration number (or pending status registration number). An initial notice of violation will be issued in situations where a listing without a registration number is identified. The non-permitted activity must cease within a specified time or else a citation will be issued, including possible fines.

Hosting platforms will be required to provide information to assist in the enforcement and removal of illegal listings. Additionally, both hosting platforms and hosts will be asked to maintain and provide written logs of all home-sharing activity. 

The City Planning Department maintains a 24/7 Complaint Hotline at (213) 267-7788 for individuals to report any concerns or complaints. 

Implementation Timeline 
The Home-Sharing Online Registration Portal is anticipated to become available on July 1, 2019, at which point eligible hosts can submit their application. Hosts will have 120 days to complete the registration process. During that time, the City will provide additional outreach and educational materials to raise awareness of the home-sharing registration process.

The City will begin enforcement of the Home-Sharing Ordinance on November 1, 2019. Individuals who continue to engage in or advertise short-term rental activity after that date without posting an approved registration number will be in violation of the Home-Sharing Ordinance.   

5 Key Steps to Participate in Home-Sharing

  1. Verify eligibility criteria

  2. For renters and lessees, obtain a notarized affidavit signed by the property owner/landlord authorizing the Host's participation in Home-Sharing

  3. Gather relevant documents to demonstrate primary residency

  4. Complete online registration

  5. Post Home-Sharing Registration Number on all listings

For questions or additional information on the Home Sharing Ordinance, contact planning.home-sharing@lacity.org.