Los Angeles moved one step closer Thursday to imposing new rules on renting out rooms or entire homes for short stays, a phenomenon that has boomed with the rise of Airbnb and other online platforms.
The Planning Commission, whose members are appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti, voted to back a proposed law that would limit Angelenos to renting out their own primary residence to short-term guests — a rule meant to stop corporate entities from buying up housing and running it like a hotel.
But the commission balked at another proposed restriction that had gotten traction at City Hall: Banning such rentals in any housing that falls under rent stabilization rules, which cap annual increases for tenants.
“Why are we excluding people who are in rent stabilized housing as a class?” asked commissioner David Ambroz. “It’s almost as if we pick people of lower economic means and say, ‘You do not get to participate in the future economy.’”
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