The City of Los Angeles’ Ordinance addressing homesharing on websites and apps such as Airbnb, VRBO, Homestay and Flipkey are in effect starting July 1, 2019. The City of Los Angeles will be enforcing such rules after October 31, 2019. The City of Los Angeles has provided a website clarifying its new rules: http://planning.lacity.org/homesharing/homesharing.html

The Ordinance prohibits homesharing in units that are subject to the Rent Stabilization Ordinance, meaning all units in multi-family housing built before 1978 (with a few exceptions). For tenants looking to use a homesharing website or app, the City of Los Angeles will require landlord approval on an approved form. Tenants in RSO properties can no longer rent their units on a homesharing app, no matter of the situation. Landlords dealing with tenants renting on Airbnb or similar apps will now have a valid reason to evict under the RSO even if there is no written agreement prohibiting subleasing.

The definition of “short term rental” is a rental unit, rented in whole or in part, to any person for transient use of thirty days or less.

All persons who want to conduct homesharing will need to register on the website above. In addition to the prohibitions and requirements above, homesharing will only be allowed in a person’s primary residence. This prohibits anyone using a homesharing app for an investment property in the City of Los Angeles.

In addition, the issues addressing rent controlled units, there are a number of other regulations that address homesharing in Los Angeles.

For more information regarding the new Ordinance, contact Anthony at 818-839-5220.