Beginning July 1, 2019, hosts will able to start registering for home-sharing in the City of Los Angeles.
Hosts who are currently operating will have until October 31, 2019, to register before the City begins enforcement. Hosts can register at any time from July 1 to October 31, 2019.
The City Council adopted the Home-Sharing Ordinance (CF 14-1635-S2) in December of 2018. In order to prevent the wholesale conversion of homes into rental properties, the legislation establishes a regulatory framework to restrict short-term rentals to 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 must use the online portal to register.
Eligible hosts may now submit their applications through the Home-Sharing Online Registration Portal. From the time registration starts on July 1, 2019, hosts will have four months to complete the registration process. During that time, the City will provide additional outreach and educational materials about the home-sharing registration process.
The City will begin enforcement of the Home-Sharing Ordinance on November 1, 2019. Anyone who continues to engage in or advertise short-term rental activity after that date without posting an approved registration number will be in violation of the Home-Sharing Ordinance. Sign up here to receive email updates on the Home-Sharing Program.
Five Key Steps for Home-Sharing
- Verify eligibility criteria (see checklist below).
- For renters and lessees, obtain a notarized affidavit signed by the property owner/landlord authorizing the host to participate in home-sharing.
- Gather relevant documents to demonstrate primary residency.
- Complete online registration.
- Post home-sharing registration number on all listings.
The Administrative Guidelines outline the implementation and enforcement of the Home-Sharing Ordinance, providing detail for property owners, hosts, and hosting platforms on how to comply. The Guidelines cover the application and registration processes, reporting requirements, and relevant restrictions and enforcement procedures. They are intended to ensure all residential units are lawfully registered by the time enforcement commences.
Two types of home-sharing registration are available. Standard home-sharing registration allows hosts to rent out all or a portion of their home for up to 120 days in a calendar year. Extended home-sharing registration allows hosts to participate in home-sharing for more than 120 days per year.
To apply for a home-sharing or extended home-sharing registration, applicants must meet all of the eligibility requirements outlined on the Requirements tab below.
Before applying for home-sharing, applicants should also make sure that they have the following documents (see the Administrative Guidelines for more detail):
- Photo Identification (ID). A valid federal or state-issued photo ID such as a driver's license, state ID card, or passport is required. If the address on the photo ID matches the location of the home-sharing unit, only one document from the list below is needed to verify primary residence.
- 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 the host is a renter or lessee, a signed and notarized Affidavit (available here) that approves the host's participation in home-sharing for that unit is required.
To participate in home-sharing for more than 120 days per year, applicants must apply for an extended home-sharing registration. In addition to the eligibility requirements outlined above, applicants must also meet the following criteria to participate in extended home-sharing. (See the Administrative Guidelines for more details on these criteria.)
- Six Months or 60 Days: Hosts must have maintained a valid home-sharing registration for at least six months or have hosted for at least 60 days.
- Neighborhood Notification: Hosts must notify adjacent and abutting owners and occupants.
- No Suspensions or Revocations. Hosts must demonstrate that they have not had their registration suspended or revoked within the past two years.
- No More than One Citation. Hosts cannot have more than one citation issued within the prior three years to qualify for administrative approval. Otherwise, hosts must submit an application for discretionary review. The discretionary review process allows the Los Angeles City Planning Department to consider whether there has been a history of continued nuisance activity at the site, and may require a public hearing.
Hosts must adhere to the following rules and responsibilities, as outlined in the ordinance. (Note: This is a partial list. A complete list of restrictions is available in the Home-Sharing Ordinance and the Administrative Guidelines.)
- Hosts must only post listings on hosting platforms that are specified in the home-sharing application.
- Hosts must not book more one set of guests at a given time.
- Hosts must not engage in any commercial uses for purposes of a party or an event.Hosts must ensure that basic health and safety features are provided, including fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Hosts must not permit late-night outdoor parties.
- Hosts must adhere to occupancy limits, which permit a maximum of two persons (excluding children) per habitable room.
- Hosts must provide a Code of Conduct (available here) to all guests.
The Home-Sharing Ordinance prohibits any listing of a short-term rental without a valid home-sharing registration number (or pending status registration number). An initial notice of violation will be issued in situations where a listing without a registration number is identified. The non-permitted activity must cease within a specified time or else a citation will be issued, including possible fines.
Hosting platforms will be required to provide information to assist in the enforcement and removal of illegal listings. Additionally, both hosting platforms and hosts will be asked to maintain and provide written logs of all home-sharing activity.
Los Angeles City Planning maintains a 24/7 Complaint Hotline at (213) 267-7788 to report any concerns or complaints.
There are currently no hosting platforms that have entered into a Platform Agreement with the City of Los Angeles. Please check back here for updates.
For additional information, please contact:
Department of City Planning - Development Services Center
201 N. Figueroa Street, 5th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90012
24/7 Complaint Hotline: (213) 267-7788