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Santa Monica Council Could Further Restrict Short-Term Rentals
By Jonathan Friedman
June 9, 2017 -- The City of Santa Monica already has arguably the strongest restrictions on the short-term rental business popularized by companies such as Airbnb. And those restrictions could go further with a proposal that the City Council will consider on Tuesday.
Under the proposal, a property’s secondary unit that was permitted after March 31 of this year could not be used for “exclusive transient uses” (defined as 30 days or less).
Secondary units permitted before that date could still be used for short-term rentals.
Also, a class-action lawsuit headed by a retired school teacher was also filed against the City (“Lawsuit Claims Santa Monica’s Short-Term Rental Ban Unconstitutional,” July 12, 2016).
A federal judge dismissed that suit last month (“Federal Judge Dismisses Suit Against Santa Monica Short-Term Rental Ban,” May 30, 2017).
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