Concern for Bel-Air Residents--Short Term Rentals (AIRBNB) Community Update: Los Angeles Takes Step Toward New Rules

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Currently, short-term rentals are illegal in R zones, and that includes the zones in Bel-Air--but this can change!

LOS ANGELES TIMES – June 24, 2016 California: This just in L.A. TAKES STEP TOWARD NEW RULES ON SHORT-TERM RENTALS (AIRBNB) by Emily Alpert Reyes:

Los Angeles is one step closer to imposing new rules on Airbnb and other websites that advertise rooms — or whole homes — for short stays, including limiting the number of days places may be offered and penalizing platforms that fail to provide key information to the city. The Planning Commission voted 5 to 4 on Thursday to back the proposal, which would legalize and regulate the popular but largely unsanctioned practice. Some rental hosts argued that the regulations would trample on privacy rights and hurt homeowners financially. … neighborhood activists and housing advocates who have pushed for stricter regulation were disappointed when the commission opted to increase the proposed cap on how often short-term rentals were allowed to 180 days annually. Letting people rent out spaces for nearly half the year “essentially legalizes hotels in residential neighborhoods,” said Judith Goldman, one of the co-founders of Keep Neighborhoods First, a group concerned about commercial rentals. “This will dramatically weaken the ordinance and provide little, if no, relief to residents all over the city,” she said. … To read full story, click on link below:

LINK to LOS ANGELES TIMES article by Emily Alpert Reyes, dated July 23, 2016.

Link to LA CURBED article of interest: “Santa Monica Just Used Its Tough New Airbnb Rules to Convict a Host: The rental operator had previously bragged about how he thought the city couldn’t enforce its rules,” by Bianca Barragan.

Click here to see the Department of City Planning Recommendation Report, dated June 23, 2016.

Click here to see DRAFT Ordinance for CPC-2016-1245-CA (4/15/16)

Click Here to see Home Sharing Ordinance (short-term rentals) Quick Question Guide.