Laguna Beach puts a stop to short-term rentals for 45 days

May 21, 2015— With summer approaching, city officials approved an emergency ordinance aimed at quelling the growing tide of property owners who offer up their homes and apartments as...

May 21, 2015— With summer approaching, city officials approved an emergency ordinance aimed at quelling the growing tide of property owners who offer up their homes and apartments as short-term rentals in this beachside community.

Airbnb, VRBO and Homeaway – which market short-term rentals – have exploded in popularity in Southern California, prompting homeowners and investors to take advantage of carving out a niche to make extra money.

Some of those properties are single-family homes in quiet neighborhoods near downtown or the beach. Others are apartment buildings rented out weekly.

In their action Tuesday, the Laguna Beach City Council approved a 45-day moratorium to research options. Among those options: an outright ban, making already dense residential areas off limit, adding city staff to monitor ads and holding websites legally accountable.

They are also considering options, similar to a decision last week in Santa Monica, in which property owners can “home-share” – in which a host stays in the house and rents out a spare bedroom or couch space. Santa Monica banned short-term rentals last week and officials there said they likely removed 1,400 of 1,700 vacation rentals advertised on short-term lodging websites.

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