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short term rental regulations Los Angeles

Los Angeles being one of the biggest cities in the United States of America is famous for short term rentals. The City updated its short term rental regulations in 2018 and put them into action on July 1st, 2019. The following is a complete guideline for Los Angeles’ vacation rental rules and regulations so anyone can be a responsible host. This rundown should give you a good start in understanding your local laws.

Los Angeles’ Short Term Rental Regulations – A Summary

  • Potential hosts should register with their city for a Home-sharing permit for $89 per year.
  • Short term rental operators must only register one property per city at a time. 
  • A host can only register their primary residence. (where they live for at least half of the year). 
  • Hosts will have to apply for ‘Extended Home-Sharing.’ This permit is for hosts who plan to rent out their primary residence for more than 120 days per year.  
  • Hosts should show their home-sharing registration numbers on their listings.
  • If your property is subject to the Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO), it’s not eligible for home-sharing. 
  • Your listing’s registration is valid for one year from the date the city issued your permit number. Hosts must make sure to renew it every year.

Los Angeles’ Home-Sharing Regulations

According to the Home-Sharing Ordinance (CF 14-1635-S2), Los Angeles allows home-sharing if your listing is your primary residence. The registration costs are $89. Hosts must renew their registration every year.

To register, you will have to provide your Photo Identification (ID). This could be either your passport, state ID card, or driver’s license. Another requirement is your documentation of primary residence along with proof. Finally, you will need your landlord’s approval. You will need to submit a signed affidavit that validates your involvement in home-sharing for that unit. 

  • Once you submit the form, you will get a pending permit number.
  • You will have to add this permit number to your listing while the City reviews your information.
  • If the City qualifies and approves your listing, you will get an email that they have verified your number.

Los Angeles allows hosts to register and manage only one home-sharing unit at a time. Also, it should be in the city, which has to be their primary residence. Temporary shelters like tents, vehicles, storage sheds, or trailers are not qualified for registration. 

You are not eligible for home-sharing if your building or address is subject to the Los Angeles Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO).

People staying in a rented property should have written approval from their landlord to register for a home-sharing permit. Hosts should likewise maintain records of all bookings, including the length of each home-sharing stay, for a minimum of three years.

Once you have registered, your property is restricted to facilitating visitors for as long as 120 days every year. If you would like to go beyond this limit, you can apply for extended home-sharing. 

Other Requirements

Along with your home-sharing registration number, you should also mention the code of conduct and rules to follow on your listings. Loud and amplified sound is not allowed after 10 pm. More than eight people (excluding children) are not allowed to have evening outdoor gatherings. Hosts are in charge of any violations or annoyance caused by guests to the neighborhood. 

Los Angeles’ Extended Home-Sharing Regulations

If you would like to host your primary residence for more than 120 days per year, you will have to sign-up for extended home-sharing. To register for extended home-sharing, the following are guidelines that hosts should follow- 

  • The city will need your regular home-sharing registration number to apply for extended home-sharing.
  • Data validation and evidence of hosting for at least 60 days will be required.
  • You should not have more than one citation in the previous three years.
  • You must return to the portal and upload the proof of mailing of their application for extended home-sharing. 
  • Pay the extended home-sharing registration fee of $850.

Other Short Term Rental Regulations

As a responsible host, you must abide by other contracts or vacation rental rules and regulations that bind you. These include leases, community rules, HOA rules, or other guidelines set up by tenant associations. Feel free to reach out to your landlord, housing authority, or community council to find out more. To get more information about other regulations, you can also visit Los Angeles’s official website or contact us.

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