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Home-sharing & short-term rental issues?

Updated: Nov 17, 2020

Are you a Mid City resident trying to home-share your primary residence or rent it out on the short term? The City of Los Angeles has begin enforcing the 2019 enacted rules on home-sharing and short-term rentals such as Airbnb units. Home-sharing is when a space within an occupied resident is rented out (such as a single bedroom) and short-term rentals are the term for renting entire units.

The city estimates that near half of all active listings in LA violate the law, which bans rentals of this kind in second homes or investment properties. This applies to you if

  • You use Airbnb or some similar platform to rent out part of your residence (including if you yourself are not the landlord)

  • You have not formally registered your home share with the city

  • You have not done the paperwork to rent your property out for more than 120 days a year

The city is sending out warning letters and $500 fees to violators. See the city's webinar and run down of the ordinance here.

Airbnb is the only platform to have entered a formal hosting agreement with the city, and you can see its guidelines for hosts here.


We are considering adding a section to the Resources part of our website specifically on Planning and Land Use Management issues such as this, green space initiatives, a run down on development rules, and other information that residents might find useful. What do you think? Let us know!

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