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There is 1 ordinance and 4 critical motions at the City Council that, if supported, will bring short term rentals in Los Angeles back.

Whether you’re a homeowner, housekeeper, tradesman, a small business owner, or a guest who wants the freedom to rent a house in Los Angeles for a short stay, your voices are heard in this forum.

For each of the 5 links below, please post your statements of support.

1 - Council File 18-1245

Introduced by Mitch O’Farrell (CD13) 12/18/18
READ THE ORIGINAL MOTION HERE

Moves for recommendations to develop a pilot program in District 13 of Los Angeles that would regulate homesharing in primary residences subject to the Rent Stabilization Ordinance. Was later proposed on 6/18/19 at a Planning & Land Use Management (PLUM) meeting to include all of Los Angeles’ districts - has not yet been adopted into the motion. A 60 day report-back was requested on that day to determine the feasibility of including all districts.

2 - Council File 18-1247

Introduced by Gilbert Cedillo (CD1) & Marqueece Harris-Dawson (CD8) 12/18/18
READ THE ORIGINAL MOTION HERE

Calls for amendments to the Home Sharing Ordinance as follows:

  • Rules that allow for home sharing in a multi-family RSO unit with 4 or fewer units. In such units owners should be allowed to conduct STRs in all units. To address concerns that renters will be evicted from RSO units for short-term rental activity, the ordinance should restrict RSO units to home sharing activity only and provide renters with a “right to cure” and stop that activity before they are evicted.

  • Language to allow for RSO unit tenants to easily apply to the City for a hardship exemption due to circumstances that have created a short term vacancy in the unit, but with the intent to return.



3 - Council File 18-1246

Introduced by Marqueece Harris-Dawson (CD8) & HERB WESSON, JR. (CD10) 12/11/18
with support from joe buscaino (cd15), gilbert cedillo (cd1), mitchell englander (Cd12 - now greg smith)

Motion to prepare and present an ordinance to regulate vacation rentals in non-primary homes:

  • Limit the impact and growth of dedicated rentals with limits on licensing; this could include a citywide cap on permits based on the historic number of vacation rentals and vacant homes in LA, or the percentage of the city’s housing stock dedicated to this activity;

  • set higher standards and registration requirements for vacation rental and non-primary home permits; these could include higher registration fees and a stricter license revocation process;

  • include ways to incentivize short term rental and vacation platforms to partner with the City on registration, data sharing, and “three strikes” enforcement against irresponsible hosts who repeatedly violate quality of life laws, including potential “platform agreements” that outline benefits for platforms for supporting the City’s enforcement goals.

4 - Council File 14-1635-S8

Introduced by PAUL KORETZ (CD5) on 8/16/19

Accelerates enforcement of RSO dwelling units to be immediately established, ahead of November 1, 2019. States that because RSO homes are already in violation of the HSO, violations involving such homes can be enforced at any time. Calls for establishment of a new process for the intake of complaints regarding alleged non-compliant activity, and for notifying owners or tenants of any dwelling units that are not eligible for use for short-term rentals under the HSO of that alleged non-compliant status, and the potential for the City to undertake enforcement action at any time.



5 - Council File 14-1635-S2 The Home Sharing Ordinance

Introduced by PAUL KORETZ (CD5) 12/11/18
WITH SUPPORT FROM MIKE BONIN (CD11) AND HERB WESSON JR. (CD10)
ADOPTED ON 12/11/18 WITH 12 “YES” VOTES OF THE COUNCIL AND 3 ABSENT VOTES BY JOSE HUIZAR, PAUL KREKORIAN, AND CURREN D. PRICE
approved by amy brothers, deputy city attorney 12/7/18
approved by mayor eric garcetti 12/17/18

read the full 20 pages here of the home sharing ordinance

THIS DOCUMENT DETAILS HOW THE DEPARTMENT OF CITY PLANNING PLANS TO ENFORCE THE HSO (FINALIZED 6/26/19)

After a 4 year battle, the Home Sharing Ordinance (HSO) was passed on 12/11/18. This is an unprecedented ordinance that has been challenged even after its adoption, and enforcement is stated to go into effect on 11/1/19.

The HSO in Summary:

  • Allows for the use of a ONLY a host’s primary residence (owner or tenant with the landlord’s permission) for a maximum of 120 days in a calendar year for short-term rentals.

  • It costs $89 to register for the right to use your home for STR 120 days of the year. If you want to use it for the rest of the year, it’s another $850. This is the fee EVERY year.

  • The City considers short-term rentals (STRs) any rental unit for which transient use takes place for 30 days or less.

  • Only NON-RSO residences are allowed in the program. (RSO: Rent Stabilization Ordinance)

  • No more than 2 overnight guests (not including children) are allowed per inhabitable room, not including kitchens.

  • Any host who wishes to participate in the HSO must register through the LA Department of City Planning portal here.

  • Once a host registers in this portal, they may only advertise on a hosting platform that was listed on the application form - and nowhere else.

  • All hosts that are in the HSO must keep records of all guests and how much they paid for 3 years on a rolling basis.

  • Fines are $500 to $2000 per day for non-compliance.

  • If you have a need to call a Home Sharing Administrative Hearing, the fee is $20,000.



RELEVANT SCREENSHOTS

 
Example of the first page of registration for the HSO

Example of the first page of registration for the HSO

P.18 of the HSO. The fees in a nutshell.

P.18 of the HSO. The fees in a nutshell.

P. 17 of the HSO. Example of fees to the HOST if they have to have an interaction with the City. (basically a deterrent to have any interaction at all)

P. 17 of the HSO. Example of fees to the HOST if they have to have an interaction with the City. (basically a deterrent to have any interaction at all)

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