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Q&A: How new Santa Monica law affects rentals, Airbnb

Discussion in 'News' started by Matt S, May 14, 2015.

  1. Matt S

    Matt S Active Member

  2. Matt S

    Matt S Active Member

    I'm not in Santa Monica but right down the street in West Hollywood. I do know two people hosting in Santa Monica. This is big news.
     
  3. Estuarto

    Estuarto Active Member

    Are your friends hosting in their own homes or vacation rentals?

    Personally I like this move. Don't allow vacation rentals but allow homeshares. And ok collect the hotel tax. At least the law is clear and hosts aren't left wondering what's best to do.

    "It means an estimated 1,400 of the 1,700 short-term rental units listed on three big websites – Airbnb, VRBO and Homeaway – in Santa Monica will now be prohibited. But it also means people who rent space in their homes can do so legally."​
     
  4. Matt S

    Matt S Active Member

    One friend hosts in her home, just 1 room. The other one was using AirBnB and VRBO to have three vacation rentals. One in Santa Monica, and two in Huntington Beach.

    What isn't clear is will AirBnB collect the hotel tax from guests or will the hosts be responsible for paying it. History has shown that AirBnB will collect the tax.

    I agree, their should be a separation between vacation rentals and home shares. I saw another interesting article pertaining to home shares and how the cost really only subsidizes rent payments for most. I will post that now too.
     
  5. Shirey

    Shirey Member

    The law sounds fair and pretty clear. Also looks like you might be next @Matt S
    "Santa Monica’s are the strongest short-term regulations yet in Southern California, though West Hollywood and Los Angeles are studying measures of their own."
     
  6. Matt S

    Matt S Active Member

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