Short Term Rentals

Short Term Rentals

Proposed by Sharon Commins on October 21, 2015
Formally adopted by WRAC in March 2016

Passed by

  • Bel Air-Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council (modified version)
  • Brentwood Community Council (modified version)
  • Mar Vista Community Council (modified version)
  • Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa (modified version)
  • Pacific Palisades Community Council (modified version)
  • South Robertson Neighborhoods Council (modified version)
  • Venice Neighborhood Council (modified version)
  • West LA-Sawtelle Neighborhood Council
  • Westwood Community Council
  • Westwood Neighborhood Council (modified version)


Refers to City Council file 14-1635-S2

Any proposed City ordinance allowing short term rentals in presently prohibited zones must include the following essential provisions:

  • No rent stabilized units “RSO” shall be allowed to rent short term
  • Only owner occupied primary residences shall be permitted to host for short term rentals, and only one unit shall be permitted per host.
  • There shall be a cap of 60 nights per calendar year per host for short term rentals
  • Prior to listing, hosts shall be responsible for verifying their properties comply with the Los Angeles Building and Safety code at their own expense and shall make all necessary repairs
  • All hosts shall obtain a City permit and a permanent registration number. The condition of receiving a City permit and permanent registration number shall be the following: proof of primary residence plus liability insurance for this specific use including any rider that may be necessary for a non-conforming use on the property. Examples of proof of primary residence shall include utility bill, drivers’ license and the like
  • Upon filing for a short term rentals permit, hosts shall notify property owners within 500 ft.
  • All hosts shall include their permanent City registration number on all advertised listings in all media
  • All hosts shall register with the City Department of Finance and remit transient occupancy taxes “TOT” including any and all back taxes owed. Short term rental TOT receipts shall not go into general fund but shall be used to create a special enforcement/compliance unit specific to enforcing regulation of short term rentals. An example of this compliance unit is the LAHD inspection program for multifamily units
  • Hosts shall be required to pay the City’s legal minimum wage, abide by hotel employee protections and register with the State Employment Development Department
  • Hosts shall disclose such information as the City deems required for enforcement. Examples of this information shall include the type of rental whether one room or whole house, how many nights per year, how many guests and the like
  • Hosts which refuse to register or disclose information necessary for enforcement shall be prohibited from operating in the City and face such penalties and fines as may be deemed appropriate by the City under the new ordinance
  • Platforms shall only list City registered units and display registration number in each listing
  • Platforms shall disclose information deemed necessary by the City for enforcement and for collection of back taxes and shall be held accountable, including fines and other penalties as may be deemed appropriate by the City, for any unregistered online listings appearing upon the platforms’ website
  • The ordinance shall establish a right of appeal of the issuance of a short term rental permit
  • The ordinance shall establish a private right of action by individuals in the community


Whereas under the City of Los Angeles present zoning code, short term rentals [defined per the attached Alan Bell memo dated 4-19-2014 as “all or any portions of residential buildings that are designed or used for occupancy for a period of 30 calendar days or less”] are in fact prohibited in the following zones:

  •   Agricultural zones
  •   R1 and other single family zones
  •   R2, RD, lower multiple residential zones R3 and RAS3 [accessory services zone]Whereas short term rentals have proliferated in zones where they are not allowed thereby creating a “passive permissions” environment to the detriment of neighborhoods’ zoning code enforcement, andWhereas failure to enforce conditional use permit requirements and collect all taxes owed on this activity significantly damages the City budget by encouraging tax cheating and other scofflaw behaviors, and Whereas the City has a clearly defined legal duty and responsibility to apply all existing laws, and to further create a reasonable regulatory framework for short term rentals in order to:
  •   Preserve rent stabilized housing in the marketplace, particularly for families and seniors aging in place
  •   Collect the required transient occupancy taxes
  •   Preserve neighborhood stability and eliminate the operation of so called ‘rogue hotels’ which remove permanent residences from the City’s critically short housing supplyWhereas the City additionally has a clearly defined interest in protecting the public welfare, health, and safety through said reasonable regulatory framework.

Neighborhood and Community Councils may amend as they see fit.

Download additional background


WRAC follow-up letter in 2018 re CF 14-1635-S2:  STRs Recommendation.

Pacific Palisades CC modified version in 2016:  PPCC modified version

SORO NC MOTION additions/changes:

SORO NC removed the yearly cap and added a provision that “hosts shall provide 24/7 contact information to property owners within 500ft” and “The City shall establish and adequately staff a short-term rental complaint and enforcement unit.”

NC Westchester/Playa CIS (letter attached as PDF):

Given the geographic boundaries of the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa—adjacent to LAX and to popular beach areas—our community is particularly and acutely impacted by the negative effect of Short Term Rentals on residential quality of life. And that’s before this activity is formally legalized by City Ordinance.

Considering our geography, the current draft Ordinance will place an unfair burden on our community. And we can already correlate negative anecdotal stakeholder input with the number of AirBnB listings, thanks to data from Their May 2, 2017, report of listings confirm

Venice has 2085 listings, with a total of 1582 (76%) offering “Entire Home” availability (where the primary resident is not on location to moderate AirBnB client behavior.)

Marina Del Rey
168 Listings
129 (77%) are Entire Home/Apartment Listings.

415 Listings
251 (60%) are Entire Home/Apartment Listings.

Therefore, the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa voted on August 1, 2017 to oppose the legalization of Short Term Rentals in the City of Los Angeles.

Should a Home Sharing Ordinance be implemented in Los Angeles, we request the parameters codified—at a minimum—protect the interests and quality of life of Westchester/Playa community stakeholders, given impacts will be higher in our area.

Finally, we ask the Council to carefully consider our requests regarding Enforcement and Maximum Number of Nights outlined in the attached letter, previously sent to Matthew Glesne of Planning Department dated August 1, 2017.

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