Apartments, condos and single-family homes in West Hollywood no longer can be used for corporate housing.
The City Council last night passed an ordinance proposed by John Heilman to put that ban into effect. The city in July introduced an ordinance to clarify that current law bans rentals of residential housing for 30 days or less. That ban restricts property owners or renters from using services such as Airbnb to rent out their homes to tourists.
But corporate housing usually involves a company entering into a long-term lease for a residential property and then letting its employees or clients use that property for short term stays for work. Allegations have been made that such rentals have been taking place at the Huxley and Dylan apartment buildings on La Brea Avenue.
“Although turnover in such circumstances is typically less frequent than that involved in short-term vacation rentals, the high turnover remains disruptive to the stability of residential communities,” said Heilman’s proposal. “Further, when residential units are used for commercial activity such as vacation and corporate rentals rather than the purpose for which they were constructed, the supply of affordable and market-rate housing in the city is diminished and the ability of the city to achieve its housing goals is compromised.”
The Council also took a final vote on adding language to existing ordinances to clarify the ban on the rental of residential property for 30 days or less. At the request of Councilmember John D’Amico, the city will launch a campaign to educate local residents about the ban. The proposal passed in a three to two vote, with Council members D’Amico and John Duran voting against it.