LA City Council Approves Regulations for Short-Term Rentals Through Airbnb

December 11, 2018 - 1:41 pm

(KNX 1070) - After three-and-a-half years of debate,  the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approves regulations for short-term rentals through Airbnb and other home-sharing platforms.

The new rules will limit home-sharing to primary residences for 120 days a year.

Hosts in good standing could petition for more and end up home-sharing year-round.

The council scrapped a controversial proposal to put the ordinance on hold until rules for so-called vacation rentals could be worked out despite pleas from some people who are doing home-sharing in non-primary residences.

Also excluded from the ordinance are rent-controlled units.

The new rules take effect in July.

It's taken three and a half years of debate at City Hall to work out the proposed regulations.

A council committee last week moved to hold off on implementing them until rules for so-called "vacation rentals" - or a home that's not a primary residence - can be worked out.

"The proposal says you can't have short-term rentals until you approve vacation rentals but by approving vacation rentals, you've essentially gutted the short-term rentals workers," Councilmember Mike Bonin told KNX reporter Claudia Peschiutta.

Councilmember Mitch Englander, who suggested the move, says the goal would be to work out "vacation rental" rules "as quickly as possible."