Stop Airbnb from destroying neighborhoods

The Los Angeles City Council is considering a proposed ordinance that would legalize and regulate home sharing.

Despite the popularity and proliferation of short-term rental services like Airbnb, they are illegal in Los Angeles’ residential neighborhoods.

It’s just been extraordinarily difficult to enforce the prohibition.

As the number of short-term rentals has grown, so have the nuisance complaints from neighbors frustrated with parties, noise and the churn of guests. There is also concern among city officials and housing advocates that short-term rentals (those less than 30 days) are taking long-term rentals off the market, worsening the city’s housing crisis.

Landlords in touristy neighborhoods may be able to make more money by converting apartments they used to lease to long-term tenants into short-term vacation rentals, and some have shamefully evicted families to do so.

Mayor Eric Garcetti and members of the City Council have been too cozy with Airbnb. This needs to stop.

Source: LA Times

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