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How Los Angeles County is planning to look at regulating short-term rentals in unincorporated areas




The downtown skyline of Los Angeles, California on October 12, 2017 where a new report from USC and Beacon Economics shows Southern California's housing crisis is leading to an increase in rent for Los Angeles and Orange county into 2019.
The downtown skyline of Los Angeles, California on October 12, 2017 where a new report from USC and Beacon Economics shows Southern California's housing crisis is leading to an increase in rent for Los Angeles and Orange county into 2019.
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We’ve heard a lot about the City of Los Angeles working through the complicated subject of regulating short-term rentals through companies like Airbnb and HomeAway, but much less about how short-term rentals impact unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.

On Tuesday, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors passed a motion that will allow them to start examining the impact that short-term rentals have on affordable housing and homelessness in unincorporated parts of the county. Specifically, the motion is aimed at finding out whether regulating these kinds of rentals could help reduce homelessness and prevent would-be home buyers with lower-incomes from being priced out of certain areas.

How will the county go about assessing the impact of short-term rentals? What do short-term rental hosts in unincorporated areas think about how regulation could impact their business?

Guests:

Molly Rysman, housing and homelessness deputy for Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl

Connie Llanos, Airbnb’s deputy policy manager for the Los Angeles region