City authorities and Airbnb reach agreement for home sharing compliance

Application of the new regulations that came into force on November 1

By Sam Catanzaro

Los Angeles City Council has approved a deal with Airbnb that will pave the way for a compliance system to help enforce the city’s housing sharing ordinance that went into effect on November 1.

Under the terms of the agreement, Airbnb is the first short-term rental platform to commit to working with the City to develop an online system that will streamline the guest registration process, promote compliance, and automate registration. application.

“This is an important step and we believe this new system will serve as a model for other cities looking to take advantage of technology and partner with Airbnb to legitimize home sharing. We look forward to working alongside City staff over the next few months to develop, build and launch our most advanced compliance system to date. “

Once implemented, the registration system will allow Airbnb and the City of Los Angeles to verify the registration status of an listing.

According to Airbnb, 1.8 million customers used the platform in 2018.

The bylaw, passed by Los Angeles City Council last December, set a limit of 120 nights for STR activity, prohibits rental of rent-controlled units, and allows guests to rent only their primary residence.

The regulations define “primary residences” as places where guests live at least six months a year. By allowing STR activity only in primary residences, city council hopes to crack down on “super hosts” who operate multiple shared properties across town. Additionally, rules passed by City Council prohibit hosts from renting more than one STR unit at a time in the city of Los Angeles.

In addition to the primary residence requirement, these rules also set an annual cap of 120 nights on STR activity in the city. Hosts can, however, request an exemption from the City to operate beyond this cap for a fee of $ 850, if they have not received a citation in the past three years. Hosts who have received a citation may pay a fee of $ 8,500 to have their case reviewed in order to operate over the cap.

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