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Los Angeles, CA

When deciding whether to become an Airbnb host, it's important for you to understand the laws in your city. As a platform and marketplace we do not provide legal advice, but we want to provide some useful links that may help you better understand laws and regulations in Los Angeles, CA. This list is not exhaustive, but it should give you a good start in understanding your local laws. We will continue to update this information as more becomes available. If you have questions, contact the Department of City Planning or other city agencies directly, or consult a local lawyer or tax professional.

Short-term rental regulations

In December 2018, the City Council adopted the Home-Sharing Ordinance (CF 14-1635-S2), establishing a regulatory framework to allow short-term rentals in one's primary residence. The Home-Sharing Ordinance requires hosts who wish to engage in short-term rentals to register with the City and post their registration number on all advertisements. Hosts must adhere to all requirements and use the online portal to register. You can also register in-person at the Planning Department.

Beginning July 1, 2019, hosts will be able to start registering for home-sharing in the City of Los Angeles. The City will begin enforcement of the Home-Sharing Ordinance on November 1, 2019. Read the following to understand what’s required for your listing.

Home-Sharing Eligibility

According to the Home-Sharing Ordinance Act, you’re eligible to register for home-sharing if you meet the following requirements:

  • Your listing is your primary residence, meaning you reside there for at least six months of the year. Proof of identification (including a Photo ID) and residence will be required to register any short-term rental property online.
  • Your listing is not subject to the City's Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO)
  • Your listing is a structure built for residential use
  • Your listing does not have any pending citations, order, ticket, or similar notice of violation from any City enforcement agency
  • If you list a rental unit, you have written approval from your landlord to host

A few listing types are exempt from obtaining a home-sharing registration, but will need to claim a valid exemption through the City’s registration process:

  • Hotels, motels, and licensed bed & breakfasts
  • Transient Occupancy Residential Structures
  • Listings that only accept stays for 30+ nights at a time

We will notify hosts with more information on the process to add their exemption information to Airbnb when it’s available.

Home-Sharing Registration

You can apply for a number through the City’s online portal and visit the Department of City Planning’s website for more information about the application process. The registration fee is $89.

Before applying for home-sharing, applicants should also make sure that they have the following documents:

  • Photo Identification (ID): A valid federal or state-issued photo ID such as a driver's license, state ID card, or passport.
  • Documentation of Primary Residence: Two of the following documents must be provided, unless the address on the photo ID matches the location of the home-sharing unit, in which case one of the following must be provided. The documents must indicate the host's name and the address of the home-sharing unit.
    • A current valid California voter's registration card or voter registration status
    • A current valid California vehicle registration certificate
    • A recent health insurance bill
    • A recent vehicle insurance bill
    • A copy of a paycheck or pay stub issued in the last six months
    • A copy of a current property tax bill indicating homeowner's exemption
    • A copy of a current rental or lease agreement, including the property manager's or landlord's contact information and signature
  • Landlord Approval: If you rent or lease your unit, you must submit a signed and notarized affidavit that approves your participation in home-sharing for that unit

Extended Home-Sharing

If you plan to host your primary residence for more than 120 days per year, you’ll need to apply for an extended home-sharing registration. In addition to the requirements outlined above, you’ll also need to pay an $850 fee and meet the following criteria:

  • Have a valid home-sharing registration for at least six months or have hosted for at least 60 days
  • Complete the neighborhood notification process
  • No suspensions or revocations, and no more than one citation
What if I don’t host my primary residence?

Airbnb continues to advocate for reasonable regulations that address short-term rentals in non-primary residences, and as a result, the City has taken the first steps of drafting an ordinance that would regulate second homes and vacation rentals. Airbnb will update hosts as soon as more information is available.

Visit the Department of City Planning’s Home-Sharing FAQ page for more information.

Taxes

The City of Los Angeles imposes a 14% transient occupancy tax on the listing price (including cleaning fees) for stays of 30 nights or less. Airbnb collects and remits the City transient occupancy tax. However, hosts are still required to file monthly returns to the Office of Finance, and should take a deduction for tax collected and remitted by Airbnb (and any other applicable platform). For more information about the City's transient occupancy tax, visit the City's FAQ page. In addition, Los Angeles County applies a transient occupancy tax on any unincorporated areas within the county, which applies to broad categories of transient use. “Transient use” is defined as a guest stays of 30 days or less. Airbnb currently does not collect the County transient occupancy tax. More information about the County transient occupancy tax is available at the County's FAQ page.

Other contracts and rules

As a host, you need to understand and abide by other contracts or rules that bind you, including leases, co-op rules, HOA rules, or other rules established by tenant organizations. You should be able to find out more by contacting your housing authority (such as a community council) or landlord. Your lease (or other contract) might also have specific details.

Our commitment to your community

We are committed to working with local officials to help them understand how Airbnb benefits our community. Where needed, we will continue to advocate for changes that will allow regular people to rent out their own homes.