The Los Angeles City Council has adopted a Home-Sharing Ordinance that establishes a legal process to allow home owners or residents to rent their primary address to short term visitors. The new ordinance became effective on July 1st, 2019.
The ordinance requires hosts to register their short-term rentals with the city and also requires them to post the registration number on all advertisements.
To register, the host needs to visit the online registration portal, fill out the application and pay the applicable filing fee. Once the application is submitted, the host will receive a pending registration number that could be used immediately for any advertisements. When the application is approved, the host will then receive a final registration number that must be included in all listings.
Before the host can be approved and given the registration number, there are criteria that must be met:
- The property that plans to be rented must be the host’s primary residence which means the host must live at the property for more than six months out of the year.
- The property cannot be subject to the city’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) which applies to most non-single family rentals constructed before 1978.
- The area to be used to home sharing must be approved for residential use. Some examples of areas NOT permitted are temporary vehicles parked on the property, storage sheds, trailers, temporary structures etc.
- Property to be rented cannot have any pending citations.
- If the host is a renter, a notarized written approval from the landlord is required.
- The host must have completed the home-sharing registration and posted a valid registration number on all listings. Not complying with this ordinance may result in fines.
For complete information on this ordinance, please visit https://planning.lacity.org/ordinances/docs/HomeSharing/adopted/faq.pdf. Keep in mind this ordinance takes on full enforcement as of November 1, 2019.