Thousands of LA’s short-term listings violate ordinance

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Thousands of Airbnb listings in Los Angeles have gone unrecorded, violating a sweeping ordinance the city passed last year to curb short-term rentals.

In early June, around 5,000 Airbnb listings did not have the necessary registration number, according to the Los Angeles Times. According to the report, 1,000 other ads on the platform were also non-compliant in one way or another.

The Short-Term Renting Ordinance was aimed at tackling what had become a growing problem of multi-family landlords running their apartment buildings as de facto hotels. Landlords can often charge a lot more for a short-term unit than they can through a traditional lease.

The city ordinance limited hosts to renting all or part of their primary residence, which means they are not allowed to rent a second home or units in a multi-family building that they own.

Essentially, a registration certifies that a unit meets this and other requirements.

The city cited around 650 hosts for breaking the law and fined $ 500 each. The city is allowed to fine hosts $ 500 per day for illegal registrations, but has chosen not to do so, according to the report.

Planning Department spokesman Yeghig Keshishian said the city did not want to impose “weeks” fees on hosts because the purpose of the program is to protect rentals.

“At the end of the day, our goal has always been to resolve these issues and achieve compliance,” he said.

The city has also not fined platforms like Airbnb and Vrbo, which are responsible for their ads under the ordinance. Airbnb agreed to develop a program to share data with the city and remove illegal ads last year, report says [LAT]Denis lynch

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