Finally, the day we have been waiting for. On Friday, the City of L.A. released the draft short-term rental ordinance.
At first glance, we are encouraged by the ordinance language. It is clear that the City staff took the time to listen to all the stakeholders and move forward with the intent of the original motion introduced by Councilmembers Bonin and Wesson.
We have worked hard over the past several months to build a strong coalition of neighborhoods that have been negatively impacted by short-term rentals and this long-awaited draft ordinance includes the elements we were most concerned about. The ordinance holds the rental platforms accountable, regulates commercial operators by finding a way to identify primary residences, and most importantly, protects our vital affordable housing.
We look forward to the ongoing dialogue as the conversation continues and the ordinance is finalized. We continue to be concerned about enforcement. We know that the best ordinance will do no good if the City is unable to enforce it.
We are preparing for a big fight with Airbnb and the other platforms. They do not like this draft so we are gearing up to combat their efforts to water down the ordinance in the coming weeks.