HSRD attorneys Randy Renick and Nancy Hanna filed a complaint with the LA Department of City Planning on December 18, 2019. They claim short-term rental platforms, including AirBnb, VRBO, and others – have not complied with the LA Home-Sharing Ordinance, and continue to drain LA’s supply of affordable housing.
The LA Home-Sharing Ordinance, passed in December 2018, seeks to keep affordable housing from use as short term rentals. Under the ordinance, rent-stabilized units (RSOs) are not eligible for short term rental. The ordinance also states that only primary residences — one-per-host – are eligible for short term rentals.
Randy Renick said, “There was going to be a glut available of affordable units. Except it turns out that the hosting platforms didn’t stop renting them and the city didn’t do anything about enforcing it.”
The Home-Sharing Master Platform Agreement states that short-term rental companies must remove prohibited listings or face a fine. According to Renick, rent controlled units are still being used for short term rentals – they continue to be listed online. When a private investigator booked LA rentals on Air BnB, several of the rentals available were RSOs, in clear violation of the ordinance. Renick maintains that “The ordinance is violated just by posting.”