Short Term Rentals

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AirBnB, FlipKey, VRBO, HomeAway, etc.

On September 21, 2015, the West Hollywood City Council adopted ordinance 15-958 which further clarifies the City's long-standing prohibition of short term vacation rentals in the City.  This ordinance went into effect on October 21, 2015.

On March 5, 2018, the City Council approved an amendment to the short term rental ordinance allowing owner-occupied units to be used for hosted home sharing.  Rental units continue to be disallowed for home sharing/ short term rental use.  This amendment goes into effect on April 4, 2018.

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 What the law means:

1. No person shall rent a dwelling unit, or part of a dwelling unit, to anybody, for a period of 30 days or less.  All rentals must be for 31 or more days.

EXCEPTION: Homeowners and condo owners may apply for a Home Sharing Business License to allow for the short-term renting of a private or shared room in their unit as long as they reside in the unit during the guest's stay.

2. The advertising of this activity is also prohibited.  Flyers, posters, emails, online ads, and the like, are all prohibited. 

Does the law apply to single family homes, apartments, condos, and guest houses?

Yes.  This prohibition applies to all rental units in the City.  Homeowners and condo owners may apply for the Home Sharing license.  Condo owners must provide written approval from their HOA.

 Is there an enforcement "grace period"?


How the City responds to complaints:

When Code Compliance receives a complaint about this issue, a case will be generated and the enforcement process will begin.  The following is a general guideline on how enforcement will proceed.

Step 1 - A warning notice will be issued to the tenant or property owner informing them that they are in violation of the prohibition on short-term rentals.  They will be directed to take the appropriate steps to correct the violation. This means the immediate stoppage of short term rentals and the taking down of any advertisement for such an activity.

Step 2 - If the violation continues, citations will be issued to the violating party.  These fines will begin at 400% of the advertised rental rate and go up to 800%.  Advertised Rental Rate shall be defined as the advertised nightly rate multiplied by the minimum number of nights required to rent the dwelling or part of the dwelling. The Advertised Rental Rate shall not include deposits or ancillary fees.

For ads that do not have a listed rental price, fines range from $1000.00 to $5000.00.

Step 3 - Although we do not anticipate the need to do so, continued non-compliance may result in this matter being referred to the City Prosecutor's Office for criminal prosecution. 

How to Report a Short Term Rental:

If you believe that a violation of this law is taking place, please contact Code Compliance so that we can begin the enforcement process.

**When filing a concern, please provide a link to a website or advertisement for this rental if possible.


The text of the law reads as follows:

WHMC 19.36.331 Short-Term Rentals.

  1. Rental Prohibited. No person or entity shall offer, facilitate an offer, or provide a dwelling unit, or any portion thereof, for rent for 30 consecutive calendar days or less to any transient.
  2. Advertisement. No person or entity shall maintain any advertisement of a rental prohibited by this section.
  3. Exception. This section shall not apply to home sharing that takes place in accordance with Chapter 5.66 of the West Hollywood Business License Code.

WHMC 19.90.020 - Definitions of Specialized Terms and Phrases

Advertisement. Any printed or lettered announcement, whether in a magazine, newspaper, handbill, notice,  display,  billboard, poster,  Internet website or application, or any other form.

Rent. Consideration charged, whether or not received, for the occupancy of space in a dwelling unit valued in money, whether to be received in money, goods, labor or otherwise.

Transient. Any person who exercises occupancy or is entitled to occupancy of a dwelling unit for a period of thirty (30) consecutive calendar days or less, counting portions of calendar days as full days.