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Should ‘Mom-And-Pop’ Hosts Get A Carveout In LA’s New Home-Sharing Rules?




Under LA’s new Home-Sharing Ordinance, which goes into effect November 1, hosts using platforms such as Airbnb can only rent properties that are their primary residence.
Under LA’s new Home-Sharing Ordinance, which goes into effect November 1, hosts using platforms such as Airbnb can only rent properties that are their primary residence.
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Under LA’s new Home-Sharing Ordinance, hosts using platforms such as Airbnb cannot rent out properties that are not their primary residence. 

While the ordinance was passed months ago, enforcement begins November 1. And as the date approaches, Homeshare Alliance Los Angeles, an advocacy group for hosts, has been making the case that they should not be lumped in with large commercial operators. They’ve been asking the city to amend the Home-Sharing Ordinance to allow hosts to rent out a second residence on a parcel of land with four or less units. They also want hosts in rent stabilized units to be allowed to rent out their primary homes for short term stays. 

Tenant rights activists have not been sympathetic, arguing that in the context of LA’s housing crisis, the right thing to do is to release these units into the housing market.  

We discuss the new rules and proposed amendments. Plus, if you are an Airbnb host, how would the Home-Sharing Ordinance affect you? Do you think there should be a special carveout for hosts who want to rent out a second unit or accessory dwelling unit? 

Guests:

Tricia Keane, deputy director of the Los Angeles Department of City Planning

Cynthia Strathmann, executive director of Strategic Actions for a Just Economy, a non-profit based in South LA that advocates for tenants rights and housing

Heather Carson, co-chair of the Homeshare Alliance Los Angeles, which is an advocacy organization for hosts, housecleaners and local businesses