No more “party house” in Glendale if new Airbnb law passes

Local cities are seeing decreasing listings of illegal rentals on platforms like Airbnb

Jul.July 25, 2019 05:00 PM
Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian and City Hall
Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian and City Hall

Glendale is the latest city to consider cracking down on short-term rental platforms like Airbnb.

City Council is expected to vote in September on rules that would ban vacation rentals and regulate home sharing, the Glendale News-Press reported. The city’s Planning Commission unanimously approved the ordinance this week.

If approved, the ordinance would ban short-term stays where the host isn’t present, and rooms that are rented where the host is present will be capped to 180 days per year. Residents planning to rent out a room with landlord approval would need to register with the city and pay a transient-occupancy tax. Accessory-dwelling units of properties will be prohibited for any short-term stays.

Glendale currently has no regulations on such short-term rentals. One home in Glendale was reportedly listed as a party house, and the city council cited it and other issues, as well as the shrinking housing stock and rising rents, as reasons to regulate short-term rental platforms.

Some property owners, however, argued that the city is taking away needed income by limiting or banning them from renting out their space.

Glendale follows Los Angeles — where an ordinance went into effect this month — and other local cities like Pasadena that have imposed increased restrictions or similar bans. Cities like West Hollywood and Santa Monica, which battled against home-sharing platforms in court for years over enforcement, have seen decreasing numbers of illegal rentals since enacting new restrictions. [Glendale News-Press] — Gregory Cornfield

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