Airbnb reports 2,000% increase in searches for hosts from Ohio, while Inglewood landlords want ‘illegal’ listings removed

INGLEWOOD — The Super Bowl attracts millions of eyeballs every year. When the Cincinnati Bengals secured a spot in the game, their fans turned to Airbnb for Super Bowl accommodations.

Recently released data from Airbnb shows searches by Ohio-based guests for reservations in Los Angeles increased by more than 2,000% on January 31, the day after the Cincinnati Bengals won the game of AFC championship and earned a spot in the Super Bowl.

The Bengals will face the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood on Sunday.

According to an Airbnb statement, when Atlanta hosted the Super Bowl in February 2019 and the New England Patriots beat the Rams, 13-3, the local hosts earned nearly $3.5 million from more than 11 000 guests. An economic activity of $180 million would have been generated throughout the city.

Between January 1 and September 30, 2021, new Airbnb hosts in California with a single listing would have earned more than $89 million.

Inglewood has issued a moratorium on short-term rentals following a mass shooting at an unregulated Airbnb.

The landlords are desperate for Inglewood to deal with what they call “illegal” listings that are on the Airbnb platform, without the landlord’s approval.

The owners tried tirelessly to contact Airbnb representatives, to have the listings removed, and met with resistance. The company appears to have no system in place for landlords to report and remove listings that violate their rental agreement.

Inglewood’s moratorium requires Airbnb to remit Transient Occupancy Taxes (TOTs) to the city, and no new listings are permitted within 45 days of council approval.

For more information on registering your short-term rental, contact the Department of Housing Protection at 310-412-4330.

Are you an Inglewood resident with a renter whose listing is illegal on the Airbnb platform? Contact us [email protected].

City News Service contributed to this report.

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