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

Santa Monica could be the next Southland city to take a hard line on short-term rental companies. On Tuesday, the City Council is expected to consider an ordinance that would require short-term rental hosts to have a business license and pay taxes. It also would “explicitly make vacation rentals unlawful” and require online hosting services like Airbnb and VRBO to report data to city officials. If passed, the law would be one of the toughest yet in Southern California, where a number of cities are considering ways to regulate the fast-growing industry. Santa Monica officials say there are about 1,700 homes and apartments in the city that are advertised on major short-term...

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