This Tuesday, December 11, Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed a long-awaited and much discussed ordinance regulating short-term rentals, also known as home-sharing. Slated to go into effect on July 1, 2019, the ordinance bans rent-controlled units and non-primary residences from participating in home-sharing. The regulations will apply to the entire city of Los Angeles, including Venice, one of the city’s most popular vacation destinations. This is the city’s first attempt to legalize and simultaneously crack down on short-term rentals, which many critics say contribute to the housing crisis. Many who host on Airbnb have been vocal about how much they rely on the extra income to stay in their homes.

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After 3 years of debate, Los Angeles City Council Planning and Land Use Management committee approved a draft ordinance on December 4, 2018, pushing forward a proposed regulatory structure for home-sharing platforms such as Airbnb and HomeAway. Los Angeles currently has no enforced regulatory system for how residents home-share.

The committee's approval of the full ordinance means that the full City Council could vote on it soon and work out the smaller details in the future. The ordinance would not take effect until July 1, 2019, or until a separate ordinance regulating non-primary residences is passed.

The draft ordinance that went before the PLUM Committee on Tuesday would allow qualified hosts to rent year-round (in a program called “extended”…

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