Santa Monica, CA Approves Tough New airbnb Regulations that Eliminate Host-absent Rentals

Q&A: How new Santa Monica law affects rentals, Airbnb

From the L.A. Times, May 13, 2015

Santa Monica’s City Council passed one of the most restrictive laws in the nation on short-term rentals Tuesday night. Or, more accurately, the council promised to enforce laws that are already on the books, but are largely ignored.

What does the new law do? It explicitly bans vacation rentals – rentals of 30 days or less where the primary occupant of the home or apartment is not present – while legalizing and taxing “home-sharing” – i.e. renting a couch, spare room or backyard cottage. Home-sharers must obtain a city business license and pay Santa Monica’s 14% transient occupancy tax.