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Keep Neighborhoods First is a grass roots coalition of neighbors, tenants, and affordable housing advocates, working men and women, and business and hotel owners who have come together to solve the problems created by the proliferation of commercial short term rentals in our neighborhoods.

We are concerned about:

  • The rapid loss of affordable housing
  • Safety and stability of our neighborhoods
  • The diminishing quality of life for Angelenos
  • Homes and apartments turning into hotels
  • Entire neighborhoods becoming tourist zones

KNF has successfully brought together thousands of stakeholders all over Los Angeles and throughout California to create a united voice to protect our communities from the impacts of short-term rentals. Together we have already helped shape the legislative process at City Hall, forcing a real conversation.  We have mobilized speakers, held rallies, marches against bad operators and demanded action. KNF is proud of the role we are playing in developing the regulations at City Hall to ensure real protection in our neighborhoods

However, we know that Airbnb and other short-term rental platforms are prepared to spend millions of dollars to protect their profits in Los Angeles. By growing Keep Neighborhoods First, and continuing to advocate for our communities, we can help influence effective and enforceable regulations that protect our neighborhoods from the negative impacts of illegal short-term rentals.

We do not oppose legitimate home sharing. Rather, we aim to bring together the concerned, ignored, evicted, and deceived community members who are ready to stop commercialized short-term rental abuse. We offer useful information, develop awareness campaigns about short-term rentals, and highlight opportunities to take action. 


 

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  • Latest from the blog

    Los Angeles, We Have a Problem.

    Last summer, Mayor Garcetti entered into an agreement with Airbnb to collect transient occupancy taxes (TOT) similar to those paid by hotels. This agreement was made as the city considered regulation on short-term rentals and moved forward with taxation without regulation. To make matters worse, the agreement included no real auditing of the funds being paid—so essentially the City was taking Airbnb’s word that they were submitting the correct amount of taxes. We were outraged. How could we enter into an agreement with an industry that is operating illegally in most cases? How could we “legitimize” short-term rentals by using this money to fund the City's general fund? Unfortunately, it appears that our fears have become a reality. The City is once again facing a tough budget deficit and the Airbnb TOT has become a tempting drug that they are struggling to refuse. It gets worse. It is estimated that the City received about $30 million per year from Airbnb. The validity of this number, or whether it is based on actual stays, cannot be verified. But, Airbnb has told the City that the only way it will continue receiving this $30 million is if the current status quo is maintained—meaning no regulation or cap on days that landlords can rent out their properties. To add fuel to the fire, the Mayor released his budget for the upcoming fiscal year and the budget includes $36 million from Airbnb TOT—meaning no change to the current rules. Essentially, the Mayor’s budget assumes that there will be no limits on the number of days hosts are permitted to use short-term rentals. Affordable housing and our neighborhoods cannot afford the Mayor’s plan. We cannot allow City Hall to make policy decisions based on its bottom line instead of the good of our City. Our neighborhoods are not for sale! Sign our latest petition to demand that the City takes action to protect affordable housing and our neighborhoods NOW.  Keep an eye on your email for more ways to fight back in the next week!
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    KNF Joins Allies in Calling for Smaller Cap and Housing Protection

    On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, Keep Neighborhoods First gathered with our allies—affordable housing advocates, hotel employees and community leaders—at Los Angeles City Hall.  We were there to send a clear message—adopt smart regulations that truly protect affordable housing and neighborhood integrity. We are worried about the 180-day cap on total number of days hosts can rent short-term that is in the current draft of the ordinance being reviewed by the City Council.  We are calling for a 60 day cap—which will allow true home-sharing but also protect housing. “Regulations must include a cap on the total number of days hosts are permitted to rent short-term.  This cap must be low enough as to not economically incentivize landlords to rent short-term instead of long-term,” explained Becky Dennison, Executive Director of Venice Community Housing Corporation. “The current draft has a cap that is much too high. We believe the right number is 60 days per year—and other cities agree.” Dennison mentioned caps of 60 days in Santa Monica and Amsterdam; as well as 90-day caps recently implemented in San Francisco, New Orleans and London.  Palm Springs enacted a cap of 32 days. The draft ordinance currently being considered in Los Angeles includes a cap of 180 days, or six months out of the year. We also expressed strong support for banning any type of short-term rentals in rent-stabilized (RSO) units, arguing that allowing RSO units to be rented short-term will result in significantly more risk for some of our most vulnerable renters than any possible benefit. We are expecting a firm date for the next hearing, by the City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee, in the next few weeks.   
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