LA’s new Airbnb rules are now in effect—here’s what you need to know

Los Angeles New Airbnb Rule

The city’s new home-sharing ordinance will impact neighborhoods like Venice, which are popular with tourists.

New home-sharing regulations are in place for the city of Los Angeles, changing the way hosts from Airbnb and other rental platforms can book vacation stays and short-term rentals.

Starting July 1, 2019, hosts must register and pay an $89 fee to the city. Hosts can only register one property with the city at a time and the property must be their primary residence (where they live at least six months out of the year). Rentals are limited to a 120-day annual cap, and rent-stabilized units are no longer allowed to be used for home-sharing—even if the host owns the unit.

The city’s planning department has put together a detailed FAQ on the home-sharing ordinance with more information on how to register and pay fees before enforcement of the regulations begins on November 1, 2019.

Here’s what hosts need to know:

  • Hosts must register with the city planning department and pay an $89 fee. According to the city planning department, enforcement will begin on November 1, 2019.
  • Only the host’s primary residence can be rented out, defined as the place where a host lives for at least six months per year.
  • Renters can’t home-share without the prior written approval of their landlord.
  • Stabilized (aka “rent-controlled”) units are not eligible for home-sharing, even if you own your own RSO unit.
  • Hosts may not register for or operate more than one home-sharing rental unit at a time in the city.
  • Hosts cannot home-share for more than 120 days in a calendar year, unless they have registered with the city for “extended home-sharing.”
  • The “extended home-sharing” option allows hosts to rent out residences for an unlimited number of days. To get approval from the city, hosts have to pay an $850 fee. To qualify, they need to be registered with the city for at least six months or hosted for at least 60 days. Hosts who have received a citation in the past three years will be disqualified, unless they pay a $5,660 fee to have their case reviewed.
  • Non-residential buildings and temporary structures are not eligible for home-sharing; that includes vehicles parked on the property as well as storage sheds, trailers, yurts, and tents.
  • Hosts are responsible for providing a Code of Conduct to all guests with rules about amplified sound and “evening outdoor congregations.”
  • There’s an email to sign up for to receive more updates.


Provided: Curbed Los Angeles