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Santa Monica Airbnb Host Convicted Under New Law

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Digested from “Santa Monica convicts its first Airbnb host under tough home-sharing laws” Los Angeles Times (7/13/16) by Branson-Potts, Hailey

For the first time, Santa Monica, Calif., has convicted an Airbnb host under a recent law aimed at stopping short-term rentals in the city.

The offender was charged with eight misdemeanor counts of operating a business without a license and failing to comply with the citations the city sent him. He has agreed to pay a $3,500 fine and stop renting his properties for short-term stays.

With the passage of the May 2016 law, Santa Monica allows home-sharing (e.g., renting a room) but does not allow full-home rentals for less than 30 days.

Separately, the city of Los Angeles is considering a new law that would allow homeowners to rent their properties for short-term stays for up to 180 days a year. The law would fine homeowners who don’t register with the city or who rent their homes for more than 180 days annually. Online rental sites would face fines if they didn’t provide the city with the addresses of unregistered users.

The Los Angeles City Planning Commission has recommended such a law, but the Los Angeles City Council has not yet debated it. 

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