Hermosa Beach joins the list of cities increasing enforcement of short rental regulations.
This is definitely an interesting article of the situation in Hermosa Beach, California.
Book ’em: Hermosa Beach prepares to crack down on short-term rentals
Here's a couple excerpts:
Tortmann is one of an unknown number of people caught up in Hermosa’s effort to address short-term vacation rentals, but the issue is more complex than upset vacation plans. The latest legislative action merely updated Hermosa’s municipal code, which has long prohibited the practice, leading both residents and city officials to argue that landlords renting the properties have been on notice.
Like other cities across the country, Hermosa is responding to changes wrought by the growing popularity of online exchanges like Airbnb and VRBO, which connect property owners, and sometimes long-term tenants, with those looking for hotel alternatives. So far, debate over the merits of the practice — whether it promotes raucous behavior, whether it raises rent for long-term tenants, whether the city may update its code without running afoul of the State Coastal Commission — has overshadowed practical enforcement concerns.
Hermosa’s ordinance goes into effect Friday, just in time for summer, the busiest part of the year for short-term rental operators. City officials have indicated that citations under the new law will likely not be issued before Labor Day, but have been less than clear on the mechanics of enforcement. Meanwhile, interviews with operators of short-term rentals and officials from nearby cities foreshadow challenges.
The ordinance establishes a penalty structure that escalates with the size of the unit and the frequency of violations. For one- and two-bedroom units, a first violation will lead to a $2,500 penalty issued by the city’s Code Enforcement officers. A second and third will be $5,000 and $7,500, respectively. For units three bedroom rentals or larger, those numbers are doubled. And for units of any size, cases of more than three violations in a 12-month period will be referred to the City Prosecutor’s office for possible misdemeanor charges.