Short Term Rental Regulations
El Segundo to Consider Short Term Rental Regulations
There is a relatively new phenomenon of property owners and tenants renting their living spaces to strangers on a short-term basis. A host of internet rental sites such as Airbnb, HomeAway, and VRBO make available living spaces that range from a single bedroom to an entire home, and for anything from a single day to several weeks. While some level of home-sharing or vacation rental always occurs in desirable locations, the ease with which one can now advertise a residence to vacationers from around the world has fundamentally changed the scale and intensity of this activity.
Recently, the City Council was approached with concerns about residences being rented informally on a short-term basis. At the direction of the City Council, staff worked as a team to create a process for managing short-term rentals. The team consisted of representatives from Planning, Business License and Revenue, Police, and the City Attorney. They have been working on finding a way to create the best balance of monitoring, enforcement and taxation on the one hand, and ease of participation and low cost on the other.
After two public hearings before the Planning Commission, staff drafted a proposed ordinance to allow short-term rentals in all residential zoning districts with the issuance of a Short-Term Rental Unit Permit. The permit will allow the rental of a single-family residence, accessory dwelling unit, condominium or townhouse, for short periods and subject to specific conditions. City Staff is finalizing the permitting process before presenting their recommendations to the City Council. The staff report and agenda will also be posted online here. YOU are invited to attend and give input at the City Council meeting, which happens at 7:00 on the first and third Tuesday of each month in the City Council Chambers at 350 Main Street. Keep an eye out for the Notice of Public Hearing to appear in the El Segundo Herald Newspaper at least 10 calendar days before the scheduled City Council meeting date; a courtesy Notice of Public Hearing will also be posted outside City Council Chambers.
In the meantime, please send us thoughts. Email Eduardo Schonborn at ESchonborn@ElSegundo.org.