Concerned about the neighborhood

I have been a Venice resident for 39 years. 

It has come to my attention that the house next door to me (a large, 4 or 5 bedroom), which has been a rental for the last few years, is being converted to an Airbnb. The owner, who lives in Northern CA, is keeping one room and a bathroom for his own use when he comes to LA. Is this arrangement legal?

While researching this situation, I was told that there are already 4 Airbnbs operating on my street, and that the owners all live elsewhere. This is definitely illegal, as I understand it.

If you can comment on the legality of these situations, I would be grateful. Also, what steps should my neighbors and I take, should we decide to work to maintain the character of our neighborhood?


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