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Santa Monica considering tough new restrictions on short-term rentals
Santa Monica considering tough new restrictions on short-term rentals

  As cities across Southern California wrestle with how best to regulate the booming short-term rental industry, Santa Monica is poised to take the hardest line yet. Officials in the beachfront city are considering a measure that would ban most of the vacation rentals listed on Airbnb and websites like it, and set up strict new regulations for those who want to rent out space in their homes. The use of short-term rentals has exploded in recent years, especially in tourist-friendly spots such as Santa Monica, in large part from the growth of websites such as Airbnb, which allows people to rent space in their homes, or an entire house, to visitors. Although advocates say the sites...

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